Posted May 20, 2013

Documents: Pac-12′s Larry Scott now highest-paid commissioner

Conference Commissioners, ESPN, Larry Scott, Pac-12
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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott took in more than $3 million in 2011-12. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott pulled in more than $3 million for the calendar year 2011-12, according to tax documents released by the conference on Sunday. That number makes Scott the highest-paid conference commissioner ever, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Scott’s total surpassed that of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, whose $2.8 million in compensation made him the highest-paid conference commissioner as recently as last week. Interestingly, Scott’s compensation is almost double that of the SEC’s Mike Slive, who netted $1.6 million.

Scott took home a base salary of $1,575,000 with a bonus of $1,376,000. Other compensation accounted for $71,462 of his total.

In his four years as league commissioner, Scott has overseen plenty of Pac-12 expansion. He added Utah and Colorado to the conference, and he also negotiated television deals with both Fox and ESPN. Those television rights, worth $3 billion over 12 years, cemented the Pac-12 as a leading conference in primary media rights revenue.

Scott also helped launch the Pac-12 Networks, a national network with six regional feeds. The SEC is set to launch its own network in August 2014, but that venture is partially owned by ESPN in a deal that runs through 2034. The Pac-12 holds full ownership of its networks.

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