Larry Scott (sports administrator)
November 21, 1964 |
New York City, New York
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Prize money||US$ 69,740|
|Highest ranking||No. 210 (November 30, 1987)|
|Highest ranking||No. 69 (March 30, 1987)|
Larry Scott (born ) is an American sports administrator and former professional tennis player who is currently the Commissioner of the collegiate Pacific-12 Conference. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association and as President and COO of ATP Properties, a division of the Association of Tennis Professionals.November 21, 1964
Early life and education
Scott was born in New York City, New York. A speaker of French, Scott graduated in 1986 from Harvard University with a B.A. in European History. While at Harvard, he was captain of the tennis team and named as an All-American tennis player.
Professional tennis player
Women's Tennis Association
While at the WTA, Scott oversaw a fivefold increase in sponsorship money and a 250% increase in total revenue. This included the largest sponsorship in the history of women's athletics, a six-year, $88-million deal with Sony Ericsson. Scott also successfully formed sponsorships with Whirlpool, Gatorade, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Prize money increased 40% during Scott's time with the WTA. Scott was an advocate for equal pay. Before Scott's tenure, two of the four Grand Slam tournaments, Wimbledon and the French Open, awarded less prize money to women than to men. Scott successfully lobbied for the increase of women's prize money at Wimbledon and the French Open to be equal to that of men's prize money, so that men's and women's prize money are now equal at all Grand Slam events.
In February 2009, Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe'er was denied a visa, on the basis of her nationality, by the United Arab Emirates. Consequently, she was unable to play in the 2009 Dubai Tennis Championships. For this, Scott had the WTA levy a $300,000 fine against the tournament organizers.
On March 24, 2009, Scott announced that he was resigning as Chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association in order to take up a new position as the Commissioner of the collegiate Pacific-10 Conference on July 1, 2009. He succeeded the retiring Tom Hansen.
On February 9, 2010, Scott announced that the Pac-10 would be considering expanding to twelve schools. The Pac-10 Conference officially became the Pac-12 Conference following the addition of Colorado and Utah on July 1, 2011.
The inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game took place in Eugene, Oregon on December 2, 2011.
Scott has been criticized in respect of his leadership. He has been unable to secure a contract for the distribution of the PAC 12 Network with DirectTV, and, most distressing, he has not represented or defended the PAC 12 institutions against overhanded conduct of the NCAA, particularly the handing out of extremely harsh sanctions against USC's football team. Following the disclosure of documents revealing a flawed process by the NCAA and penalties that are inexcusably out of line with established precedent, Scott has been unwilling to approach the NCAA and unable to secure any relief for one of his member institutions, notwithstanding such overwhelming facts supporting throwing out the entire penalties and findings of the NCAA against USC.
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- "Scott, Larry (USA)". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
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- Dodd, Dennis (March 31, 2009). "Word is, new leader of Pac could be agent of change". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- Fendrich, Howard (March 24, 2009). "Scott leaves WTA to become Pac-10 commissioner". Associated Press. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- Dufresne, Chris (March 25, 2009). "Larry Scott to head Pac-10 Conference". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- "Scott leaves WTA role to be Pac-10 commish". The San Diego Union-Tribune. March 25, 2009. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- "Pac-10 commish: Now is the time to consider expansion". CBS Sports. February 9, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
- "Ducks, Bruins To Battle For Pac-12 Title" PAC-12 web site