Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
Michael Lysko - 2015

Portrait of Michael Lysko Michael Lysko graduated from Indiana in 1988 and has since established himself as one of the most successful and versatile sports executives in North America. With more than 25 years of senior management experience in professional and collegiate athletics and in sponsorship and broadcasting roles, he also serves as a sports business expert for a variety of media including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, FOX, Forbes, CNN, ESPN and others.

Mr. Lysko arrived at Southern Methodist University in 2009 to oversee a new major in Sport Management where he is the Director for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. From
2007-2009, he served as VP of Marketing at Intersport in Chicago, where he developed digital and broadcast strategies for the ESPN College Football All-Star Challenge, College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Shooting Championships, and the Under Armour H.S. All-American Game.

From 2004-2007, Mr. Lysko served as Athletic Director at the University of Western Ontario and was responsible for the largest intercollegiate program in Canada. During his three years, Mustang teams captured two CIS gold and two bronze medals, 26 OUA gold, 17 silver, and 11 bronze medals – the most of any school in Ontario.

In October 2000, Mr. Lysko was named the Canadian Football League’s 10th Commissioner, making him the youngest commissioner in the history of North American professional sports. In this role, he directed a $75 million organization including football operations, marketing, broadcast and digital rights, corporate partnerships, and collective bargaining with CFL Player Association. His acheivements in the sports industry are truly astounding.