ASU adds Patterson to help manage TV revenue

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State's athletics department now has a chief operating officer.

Steve Patterson, currently president of Pro Sports Consulting, has been named managing director of the Sun Devil Sports Group and COO of Sun Devil Athletics.

The school said Patterson was hired to enhance the management of its athletic facilities, business office and marketing and fundraising operations as the school heads into a new era with the creation of the Pac-12. The school will receive an estimated $15 million in new revenue from the Pac-12 television network and plans to renovate and enhance its major athletic facilities.

Patterson, who also was an executive in the NFL, NBA and minor league hockey, will manage the school's athletic facilities, sports marketing, fundraising and media relations. Athletic director Lisa Love's duties will not change.