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