December 4-5, 2018
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Mike Aresco

Commissioner, American Athletic Conference

Michael L. Aresco

Commissioner, American Athletic Conference   

Mike Aresco has established himself as one of the leading figures in intercollegiate sports as commissioner of the American Athletic Conference.

Aresco was named to his current position Aug. 14, 2012, and had his contract extended by The American’s Board of Directors in 2017. He has overseen a strategic reinvention of the conference, which, in the course of only five years, has become one of the premier conferences in the nation.

American Athletic Conference teams have won four NCAA Championships and three New Year’s Six bowl games since the 2012-13 academic year. The American was named in 2016 as a finalist for the Sports Business Journal Sports League of the Year award, the only entity from college athletics to be so honored. The formation of the conference was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 10 best decisions of college football’s last 10 years.

Among the milestones reached during Aresco’s tenure have been the introduction of the American Athletic Conference Football Championship in 2015 and the launching of a dynamic Power 6 branding campaign, which aligns The American with its peer conferences and celebrates the competitive success that the conference has enjoyed at the highest level of collegiate competition.

Aresco has played an active role in the formation of the College Football Playoff, serving on the College Football Playoff Management Committee and helping to select the 13 members of the CFP Selection Committee. Aresco also serves on the College Football Playoff Strategic Planning, Site Selection and Public Relations committees and is the current FBS conference chair.

Aresco is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tufts University (B.A., magna cum laude, history), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts (M.A., international relations), where he held a John Moors Cabot Scholarship, and the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.). He practiced law privately in Hartford, Connecticut, for several years.

Aresco and his wife, Sharon, have two adult sons: Matthew, an Emmy-nominated television producer who lives in Connecticut with his wife, Elizabeth; and Brett, an actor who lives in New York City.


Wednesday, December 05

College Sports Business Upfront: Issues, Trends and Opinions That Matter

We set the stage for two days of dialogue and insights from those directly shaping the future of intercollegiate athletics. Top industry executives who are on the front lines of college sports business offer their point of view on the most pressing items in college sports.

Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, Sports Business Journal
Mike Aresco, Commissioner, American Athletic Conference
Ross Bjork, Athletic Director, University of Mississippi
Chris Del Conte, Athletic Director, The University of Texas
Gloria Nevarez, Commissioner, West Coast Conference
Jay Williams, College Basketball Analyst, ESPN