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New Commissioner Brings Diverse Background to American Athletic Conference

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Sources say AAC considering Tim Pernetti, sports executive, for next commissioner

The American Athletic Conference (AAC) is in search of a new commissioner and has set its sights on Tim Pernetti for the role. Pernetti, who currently serves as the president of IMG Academy, has extensive experience in the college sports industry. He previously held the position of athletic director at Rutgers and has a strong background in television, with professional experience from his time as the Chief Business Officer for New York City FC of the MLS.

The AAC has undergone significant changes in recent years with the addition of Rice, UTSA, North Texas, FAU, UAB, and Charlotte to the conference. The league currently has a television contract with ESPN that extends through the 2031-32 academic year. With a diverse background in television, college sports, and on-campus experiences, Pernetti is well-suited for the role of AAC Commissioner.

Pernetti began his career at CSTV, the former College Sports Television Network, and later worked for ABC Sports and ABC Enhanced TV. Despite a controversial departure from Rutgers following the Mike Rice scandal, Pernetti has quickly reemerged as a prominent executive in the college sports industry. His previous involvement in high-profile college searches makes him poised to fill the shoes of Mike Aresco, who recently retired after serving as the only commissioner in the AAC’s 11-year history.

The trend of non-traditional hires in the commissioner space is evident with Brett Yormark of the Big 12 and Jim Phillips of

By Samantha Nguyen

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