The search for a commissioner for the new Big East is apparently focusing outside of the traditional box of college administrators and focusing on someone with more marketing and business experience, perhaps connected to the NBA or Major League Baseball.
According to sources familiar with the search which could come to a conclusion in the next few days, the Big East Presidents have ruled out both former Big East associate commissioner and NCAA vice president Danny Gavitt and West Coast Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich and are focusing on the NBA or Major League Baseball as the primary talent pool.
Major League baseball VP Tim Brosnan was a finalist last summer when the old Big East was searaching for a new commissioner to replace John Marinatto. The Big East eventually hired CBS sports VP Mike Aresco.
The search also focused on several possibilities in the NBA office. With an announcement expected in the next few days ,the Big East hopes to have its leadership team in place by the start of its spring meetings next week in West Palm Beach, Fla.
With the new offices reportedly set to be in New York City, hiring an executive from baseball or basketball would fit into the geographical profile the new league wants. With a salary range that could be as high as $1 million per year, the talent pool, even at the lucrative baseball and basketball executive range.
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