Sources say AAC considering Tim Pernetti as next commissioner with sports background

Tim Pernetti has been reportedly appointed as the next commissioner of the American Athletic Conference (AAC), according to sources at ESPN. Pernetti is currently the president of IMG Academy and has a strong background in college sports. He previously served as the athletic director at Rutgers and also brings valuable experience from his time as the Chief Business officer for New York City FC in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Pernetti’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the AAC, which has recently added several new teams to the conference. He will be replacing Mike Aresco, who has been the commissioner since the league’s inception 11 years ago. The AAC currently has a television contract with ESPN that will last until the 2031-32 academic year.

Despite a setback in his early career involving a scandal involving the basketball coach’s abusive behavior, Pernetti has continued to excel in the industry and his diverse background in television, college sports, and on-campus experience make him a valuable candidate for the commissioner role. The trend of non-traditional hires in the commissioner space is growing, with Pernetti being one of the latest examples of this shift.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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