The American Athletic Conference (AAC) is currently seeking a new commissioner, and sources have revealed that Tim Pernetti is being targeted for the role. Pernetti, who has extensive experience in the college sports industry, currently serves as president of IMG Academy. He previously held several high-profile positions at Rutgers, including athletic director, and has a strong background in television. In addition to his experience in college sports and television, Pernetti also has professional experience from his time as Chief Business Officer for New York City FC in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Pernetti’s recent involvement in high-profile college searches makes him well suited for the role of AAC commissioner. The league has undergone significant changes in recent years with the addition of Rice, UTSA, North Texas, FAU, UAB and Charlotte to the conference. The AAC currently has a television contract with ESPN that extends through the 2031-32 academic year.

Pernetti’s unique skill set makes him a promising candidate for the role of commissioner. He began his career at CSTV (now CBS Sports Network) and later worked for ABC Sports and ABC Enhanced TV. Despite his controversial departure from Rutgers following the Mike Rice scandal, Pernetti quickly re-emerged as a prominent executive in the college sports industry. His diverse background in television, college sports and on-campus experience make him well suited for the role of AAC commissioner.

The trend toward non-traditional hiring in the commissioner space is evident with the Big 12’s Brett Jormark and the ACC’s Jim Phillips. With his diverse background and expertise in various areas of college sports and television, Pernetti is poised to fill in for Mike Aresco as the next commissioner of the American Athletic Conference.

By Samantha Johnson

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