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Originally published March 24, 2009 at 6:32 PM | Page modified March 24, 2009 at 11:29 PM

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Larry Scott named Pac-10 commissioner

Women's tennis executive will take over for Tom Hansen on July 1.

Seattle Times staff reporter

The Pac-10 Conference on Tuesday named Larry Scott commissioner, replacing Tom Hansen, who will retire from the position he has held since 1983. Scott will take over July 1.

Scott has been the chairman and CEO of the Women's Tennis Association since 2003, receiving credit for engineering a six-year, $88 million title sponsorship agreement with Sony Ericsson.

He was an All-American in tennis at Harvard and played tennis professionally before moving into administrative work on the Association of Tennis Professionals circuit and then the WTA.

Washington president Mark Emmert was on the search committee that helped select Scott, and Huskies athletic director Scott Woodward said he was pleased with the hire.

"His career and his résumé is impressive as a smart guy who understands the business of athletics but also understands the value of good student-athlete support," Woodward said.

The other finalists are thought to have been Sandy Alderson, the CEO of the San Diego Padres, and Terry Marks, an executive at Coca-Cola.

Hansen had earned criticism in some quarters for the Pac-10's TV deals with Fox, which largely negate a presence on ESPN, and for the conference's football bowl lineup.

Scott, however, won't be able to do much about the TV situation for a while. The contracts with Fox run through the 2011-12 academic year.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com

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