Sources say AAC considering Tim Pernetti as next commissioner with sports background

Tim Pernetti is reportedly in talks to become the next commissioner of the American Athletic Conference, according to sources at ESPN. Currently the president of IMG Academy, Pernetti has a strong background in college sports and brings valuable experience from his time as the athletic director at Rutgers and the Chief Business officer for New York City FC in MLS.

This appointment comes at a crucial time for the AAC, which has recently added several new teams to the conference. Pernetti will be replacing Mike Aresco, who has been commissioner since 2010. The conference currently has a television contract with ESPN that will last until 2032.

Pernetti’s early career included working at CSTV, ABC Sports and ABC Enhanced TV. He was considered a rising star in college sports administration until his resignation from Rutgers following a scandal involving the basketball coach’s abusive behavior. Despite this setback, he has continued to excel in his career and his diverse background in television, college sports and on-campus experience make him an ideal candidate for the commissioner role. This trend of non-traditional hires in the commissioner space is becoming more common and Pernetti is one of the latest examples of this shift.

By Samantha Johnson

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