Larry Scott is college football’s original man of genius.

It still blows me away how so many people thought the Pac-12’s hire of Scott as its conference commissioner was something of sheer brilliance.  The reality is that he’s a putz.

The result of the major missteps with the Pac-12 Network is awful payouts to the conference members. While Big Ten and SEC teams are hauling in around $8 million a year from their TV deal, the Pac-12 dished out a paltry $2.5 million to its members in 2017. When the network launched, the schools were expecting between $5 million and $6 million per year. Now that looks like a pipe dream.

Meanwhile, in overall revenue distribution, the conference Scott oversees lags far behind. The Big Ten paid out nearly $35 million per school in 2016 and the SEC dished out $40.5 million per member. The Pac-12 sent out $28.7 million, a number far below expectations. In 2017, the SEC paid out $40.9 million per school, while the Pac-12 is expected to sit right near $29 million.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Scott is the highest-paid conference commissioner, taking home more than $4 million a year. He’s making more yearly than the universities he oversees make off the conference’s television deal.

Though if he’s a putz, I hate to think what that makes the people who hired him.



Filed under It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football

7 responses to “Larry Scott is college football’s original man of genius.

  1. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    Well, at least PAC-12 football is huge in Malaysia, or something, right?


  2. Macallanlover

    With the population/TV sets in the PAC12 area, Scott could not have mismanaged the television contract worse. He should have been fired once that whole fiasco began to unfold. Of course, there is the lack of outcry from folks who live in that geography who would prefer skate boarding to watching a Washington/USC game for the conference title indicating there wasn’t much leverage to help him out. Still $4MM for that performance?


    • AthensHomerDawg

      When Scott was hired there were 10 presidents not 12. Of the original 10 there are only 3 remaining. All 12 recently agreed to Scott’s contract extension to 2022.

      “…..who would prefer skate boarding ”

      Per Arizona State Michael Crow: “The network doesn’t just break even it provides returns to the schools. But more important than that, it’s getting visibility to women’s volleyball AND beach volleyball and all these sports that kids are interested in. And were projecting high quality competitiveness of college students going to highly competitive universities,and I think that there is a huge amount of SOCIAL GOOD associated with that.”.

      Who knew? At least there is some regional attraction to it all.

      “… I hate to think what that makes the people who hired him.”

      ————-I’ll take Democrats on the Left Coast for 10.


  3. DawgPhan

    Over a 10 year period each Pac-12 school will be more than $100 million in revenue behind SEC and Big 10 schools. That seems like a pretty big problem.

    And one that USC will likely want to solve.


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Maybe ‘the pirate’ Mike Leach can be promoted to commish. Now THAT would drive ratings up.