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Mike Aresco Officially Becomes Big East Commissioner

On Tuesday afternoon, The Big East officially announced via press release that Mike Aresco has been named the conference's new commissioner after he was unanimously elected by the league's collective group of Presidents.

Aresco will replace Joseph Bailey who had been acting as interim commissioner after John Marinatto resigned in May.

Prior to his appointment, Aresco acted as the Executive Vice President of Programming at CBS and was responsible for all college programming at the network. In addition, he negotiated the contracts for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, regular season basketball games and football bowl games.

His most notable achievement likely came in the form of his role in the negotiation that acquired the exclusive rights to NCAA Men's Basketball through 2024 for the CBS Television Network.

Via The Big East's press release:

"The search to identify the new Commissioner of The BIG EAST Conference was truly an international search," said Greg Williams, University of Cincinnati President and Chair of the Commissioner Search Committee. "We had many outstanding candidates, but we are fortunate to have Mike Aresco as our new Commissioner. His breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in intercollegiate athletics will continue to move the BIG EAST forward on a successful path. The BIG EAST has enjoyed a great history. Mike Aresco will help assure the conference of a vibrant future."