Connecticut Native, Lawyer, to Run Big East

I’ve always enjoyed reading biographies and profiles detailing learning how successful people navigated the waters of their careers.   This week, Christian Nolan of the Connecticut Law Tribune published an interesting article about Mike Aresco, who was recently named Commissioner of the Big East, and his career path.  Unfortunately, the article requires a subscription to view.  However, there are a number of interesting points that are worth repeating about Aresco, a Middletown native and UConn Law School alumni, especially for sports law students:

  • Aresco was in private practice and worked for Hartford’s Corporation Counsel before joining ESPN in 1984
  • He worked at ESPN in the early days of the network, when ESPN broadcast sports such as rodeo, boxing, yachting and bodybuilding
  • Aresco eventually transitioned from legal work and moved into the programming department at ESPN before joining CBS Sports
  • Aresco’s work negotiating media rights at CBS Sports made him a natural fit for Commissioner of the Big East, which is in need of a new TV deal
  • Although Aresco utilizes counsel, he said that his legal skills have been helpful

Aresco is tasked with one of the most difficult job in college sports – keeping the Big East together and relevant in an extremely volatile time in college sports.  Those interested in how he got there should pick up a copy of this week’s Law Tribune.

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