George Kliavkoff Officially Out As Pac-12 Commissioner


It’s one of the worst kept secrets in college sports. But it became official on Friday. The Pac-12 and commissioner George Kliavkoff have mutually parted ways. Ending his tenure with the conference. The move will be effective on February 29th.

Kliavkoff was announced on May 13, 2021 as the replacement to Larry Scott, and on July 1. 2021 he assumed the role with a five year contract. The conference was excited about Kliavkoff taking over because of his past work which included president of entertainment and sports at MGM Resorts International. He also did work in Las Vegas with the WNBA, T-Mobile Arena, Cirque du Soleil and BetMGM. It was a different approach then the normal conference commissioner.

One of the big moves Kliavkoff made was the alliance between the Pac-12, the Big Ten and the ACC. This move was hoping to create non-conference scheduling opportunities and stabilizing membership. That didn’t work as there was no formal agreement actually made and eventually USC and UCLA left the conference for the Big 10.

It’s an interesting legacy that Kliavkoff will have with the Pac-12. He was the commissioner when the conference went away. The conference sent out a press release saying with Kliavkoff officially out on February 29th that the conference will be exploring new options and that more details will be announced next week.