Big 12 name Brett Yormark as new commissioner

The Big 12 Conference officially introduced Brett Yormark as its new commissioner on Wednesday.Yormark, 55, joins the Big 12 after serving as the chief operating officer at Roc Nation.He succeeds Bob Bowlsby, who stepped down in April after leading the league for a decade.”I’m here to listen, learn, find ways to add value, add resources and try to help shine a light on the importance of college athletics,” Yormark said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience and network alongside our presidents, chancellors and athletic directors to shape the future of the Big 12 brand and emphasize our collective strengths.”A graduate of Indiana University, Yormark began his sports career working in the New Jersey Nets’ ticket office. He climbed the ladder to the top, serving as CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from 2005-19.”Brett is one of the most skilled and knowledgeable executives in sports and entertainment,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “His decades of operational experience, relentless work ethic and strong industry relationships will be of enormous value to the Big 12, its schools and fans.”