Chuck Neinas, president of Neinas Sports Services, has enjoyed a successful career in sports, especially college athletics. He has served as a consultant to more than 70 universities and conferences and has assisted institutions in the employment of athletic administrators and football coaches.
Recently, Neinas was called upon to serve as acting commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. During his tenure, he solidified the conference, added two new members, helped create a prestigious post-season (Champions Bowl), and initiated negotiations that resulted in a 2.6 billion dollar television contract.
Previously, Neinas was executive director of the College Football Association from 1980 to 1997 and promoted the CFA as a forum whereby chief executive officers, faculty, athletics directors and football coaches could work together to achieve consensus on important issues related to college football.
Neinas negotiated television contracts and administered a television plan on behalf of the CFA members from 1984 through 1995 that included ABC, CBS, NBC and ESPN.
Neinas assumed responsibility for promoting CFA sponsored NCAA legislation that included the improvement of academic standards, the development of the continuing eligibility rule requiring progress toward a degree, establishment of more reasonable and enforceable NCAA rules including the recruiting calendar and elimination of the alumni and boosters from the recruiting process.
From 1971 to 1980 Neinas was commissioner of the Big Eight Conference and during his tenure streamlined operations and organization that resulted in improved communications between presidents, faculty, directors and coaches. He developed promotional and marketing programs for the Big Eight that were subsequently copied by other conferences.
As assistant executive director of the NCAA from 1961 to 1971, Neinas served as secretary to the NCAA Council (the policy making board of the organization) and Executive Committee (responsible for financial and business affairs). He was supervisor of NCAA Championships including direct responsibility for the National Collegiate Basketball Championship and College World Series, and served as NCAA Congressional liaison.
In addition to his consulting business, Neinas was chairman of the board and acting chief executive officer of Ascent Entertainment Group in 1999 and 2000, and negotiated sale of the company to Liberty Media Group. Ascent owned the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA) and the Pepsi Center arena, was a majority shareholder of On Command Corporation, a leading provider of entertainment and information services to the lodging industry.
Neinas was a member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors for eight years, served on the initial USOC Development Committee, was chairman of the Olympic Basketball Committee from 1976 to 1980, and chaired the NCAA Olympic and International Relations Committee that recommended the NCAA withdraw from the United States Olympic Committee, eventually resulting in reorganization of the USOC and adoption of the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.
He was also recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, the highest award presented by the American Football Coaches Association, and the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, the highest award presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and is one of only two individuals to be so honored by both the AFCA and NACDA. Neinas was additionally honored with an award from The National Football Foundation for his outstanding contribution to amateur football. He was also recognized by the National College Football Awards Association for a lifetime of achievement in contributing to college football.
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