The Big Ten has confirmed the next committee member.
On Wednesday, the Big Ten announced the hiring of Tony Petitti as a new commissioner, replacing Kevin Warren. Warren held the role for just three years before leaving the conference to become president and CEO of the Chicago Bears.
Petitti, whose first day in the Big Ten will be May 15, has been in Major League Baseball for more than a decade, and throughout his career He also served as an executive for CBS, ABC and NBC. Petitti oversaw the launch of MLB Network and was promoted to MLB chief operating officer when Rod Manfred became baseball commissioner in 2015.
Petitti later became Deputy Commissioner under Manfred with a special focus on business and the media. Petitti most recently served as President of Sports and Entertainment for Activision Blizzard Inc., a leading video game and esports company.
It is a great honor to be elected to the Big Ten Conference,” Petitti said. “I am energized to work with the best athletic directors, coaches, conference staff and board of directors in the country — Together we — continue to enhance the academic and athletic experience and resources for our 14, soon to be 16, world-class students at a university with nearly 10,000 incredible student-athletes. Thank you to the extraordinary people and places that led me to the next challenge in my career. I’m ready to work for the Big Ten conference community. “