Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Aresco named Big East Commish

(The Phanatic Magazine) - Mike Aresco, the Executive Vice President, Programming of CBS Sports, has been named Commissioner of The BIG EAST Conference. 

The appointment was made by a unanimous vote of the league’s Presidents and  Aresco will assume Commissioner’s duties in early September.

“The search to identify the new Commissioner of The BIG EAST Conference was truly an international search,” said Greg Williams, University of Cincinnati President and Chair of the Commissioner Search Committee.  “We had many outstanding candidates, but we are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new Commissioner.  His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the BIG EAST forward on a successful path.  The BIG EAST has enjoyed a great history.  Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future.”

“The search committee identified some truly outstanding candidates and we are most pleased that Mike Aresco will be the person who will take the BIG EAST to future success,” said Judy Genshaft, University of South Florida President and Chair of the BIG EAST CEO Executive Committee.  “He has all of the characteristics that we need in a Commissioner.  His career has been filled with achievement and success in intercollegiate sports.  Mike Aresco knows the BIG EAST and he has a great vision for our future.”

“The Presidents have acted very responsibly,” said Interim Commissioner Joe Bailey.  “They have appointed a leader with integrity, intelligence and energy.  Bravo!”

At CBS Sports, Aresco has been responsible for all college programming for the Network.  In addition, he has been involved with the strategic development of CBS Sports Network programming.  He joined CBS Sports as Vice President, Programming, in 1996 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000 and named Executive Vice President, Programming in 2008.  He is responsible for managing the division’s college sports properties, including contract negotiations and future acquisitions for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, regular-season college basketball and football bowl games.  He also has been responsible for administering the network’s various NCAA properties.

Aresco was also instrumental in negotiating the CBS Television Network’s current landmark agreement with the NCAA granting CBS Sports and Turner Sports exclusive rights to the NCAA Men’s Basketball through 2024 and the Network’s historic 15-year deal with the SEC.

Before CBS Sports, Aresco worked at ESPN where he was responsible for overseeing the acquisition, scheduling and development of long-term strategies for all of ESPN and ESPN2 college sports properties.  He joined ESPN in 1984 and was named Assistant General Counsel in 1988 before moving to the ESPN programming department.               

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