By the time his contract expires next year, Larry Scott will have been paid about $50 million by the Pac-12 Conference.
Talk about stealing.
That doesn’t include the private jet that would fly him to a small Bay Area airport near his house on Saturday nights. He would often leave games at halftime so he could fly home earlier.
Or the $7 million in rent for office space in San Francisco. Or the people laid off or furloughed by him in the past year. Or the number of games you missed if you did not get the Pac-12 Network.
On top of everything else, a lot of Pac-12 employees couldn’t stand working for him.
What did the Pac-12 schools get for that $50 million besides an often-unwatched Pac-12 Network?
I wonder if USC and UCLA feel better off today after agreeing to reduce their share of conference revenues when the Pac-12 added Utah and Colorado. Whose still around to even remember? Pat Haden? Dan Guerrero?
Scott lived off the fact the TV contract expired shortly into his term and he was able to strike a deal any competent conference commissioner would have gotten from ESPN and Fox. He also benefitted from a sycophantic media that took years to turn on him.
I remember asking a Pac-12 staffer about Scott about a year after he got hired.
“He doesn’t know anything about sports,” the staffer said.
I hope the former commissioner, Tom Hansen, is laughing. But that’s not his style. Hansen left the job with his integrity and reputation in a much better place than Scott.
Whoever the Pac-12 hires, it should be a people person, not a corporate-lawyer type like Scott, who always sounded like he was more comfortable talking to a board of directors than the fans.
Oh, and the Pac-12 should offer the new commissioner a lot less than the $5.4 million Scott made in 2018-19.