Pac-12 hires MGM Resorts executive to be new conference commissioner
Leave it to the Pac-12 to hire a resort manager to run its league.
On Thursday, the conference announced former MGM Resorts entertainment executive George Kliavkoff will replace Larry Scott as the Pac-12’s commissioner.
“At each step of his career, George has navigated complex, quickly changing environments and has been a successful consensus builder. George is a visionary leader with an extraordinary background as a pioneering sports, entertainment and digital media executive, and we are delighted and honored that he has agreed to become our next Pac-12 Commissioner,” said University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, chair of the five-member search committee. “He is the new prototype for a sports commissioner. While George has deep sports experience, his biggest asset is his ability to listen, connect with diverse groups, find common ground, collaborate and navigate an evolving landscape. We believe George’s overall skills and experience will become even more prevalent in college sports leadership.”
Kliavkoff ran MGM Resorts for two and a half years.
Kliavkoff’s appointment by the conference was supported by a unanimous vote of all Pac-12 presidents and chancellors. His five-year contract begins July 1.