Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4.8 million in 2016.
How is he worth this much money? Someone will point to the TV contracts he negotiated with ESPN and Fox along with the creation of the Pac-12 Network.
But I’m pretty sure someone could have accomplished the same amount for $2.4 million per year.
USC president Max Nikias $3.2 million in 2015. The answer to his compensation is the $6 billion he helped fund raise from 2011-17.
I have no problem with being rewarded. But where are the checks and balances?
When you make this much money people fear you. Who will take on someone making $4.8 million? Or 3.2 million?
Scott is only now starting to hear some questioning from conference athletic directors/presidents about the Pac-12 Network’s disappointing revenue. But no one says his job is in jeopardy.
Nikias was a dictator at USC until he botched the medical school dean and student health center gynecologist scandals.
These salaries are outrageous, however, and unnecessary for someone to do a good job.