MPWIS Podcast: How Commissioner Val Ackerman Transformed the Big East

On today’s episode of Most Powerful Women in Sports, senior TV reporter Mollie Cahillane is joined by Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman. Ackerman has been at the helm of the conference since 2013 and oversaw its relaunch. As one of the first female beneficia…

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On today’s episode of Most Powerful Women in Sports, senior TV reporter Mollie Cahillane is joined by Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman.

Ackerman has been at the helm of the conference since 2013 and oversaw its relaunch. As one of the first female beneficiaries of an athletic scholarship thanks to Title IX, she played basketball at the University of Virginia and became the first president of the WNBA. She is also a past president of USA Basketball.

During the conversation, learn how Ackerman transitioned from a law career to the sports world, what it’s like being a top executive in both men’s and women’s sports, her plan for the next round of media rights negotiations and the Big East’s place in an ever-shifting collegiate landscape.

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