Val Ackerman has been the Commissioner of the Big East college conference since 2013.
In episode 57 of the Leaders Sport Business Podcast, she gives Leaders Editor-at-Large James Emmett her College Sports 101, before discussing:
- The hows and whys of schools moving from one conference to another;
- The compensation debate, its fragility and complexity; why college athletes aren’t paid; and why we could be a few years away from major change;
- The Big East revenues – where they come from, and where they go;
- The growth of women’s sport
- Male-to-female mentorship and David Stern’s ongoing influence on Ackerman’s career; and why men have such an important role to play in the development of women’s careers in the sports industry;
- How to learn from other leaders’ style, without being imitative;
- The many ways of being a mentor;
- Why young sports executives need to be aggressive but patient.
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