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Source: NYC FC hires Tim Pernetti

September 6, 2013
By ESPN Staff

New York City FC, the newest MLS expansion team, has hired former Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti as the club's chief business officer, a source close to the team confirmed to ESPN's Alexi Lalas.

Bloomberg News earlier reported the hiring Friday. NYC FC will announce the move next week, a person with direct knowledge of the hiring told Bloomberg.

MLS in May unveiled the expansion club, which is controlled by the owners of Manchester City in a partnership with baseball's New York Yankees. The club plans to begin play in 2015 but has yet to decide on a stadium site.

Pernetti resigned from Rutgers in April following a scandal in which men's basketball coach Mike Rice was shown on video verbally and physically abusing players during practice.

Before the video aired on ESPN, Pernetti hired a law firm to investigate Rice's behavior but did not fire him. Instead, Pernetti suspended Rice for three games, ordered him to anger-management training and fined him $50,000.

When university president Robert Barchi saw the tape, he ordered Rice's firing. Pernetti resigned later that week amid outrage from university faculty.

Pernetti said in his resignation letter that only legal concerns prevented him from firing Rice immediately.

"However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel," Pernetti wrote. "Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal."

Pernetti's salary at Rutgers was $452,769, according to Bloomberg, and he received a $1.2 million settlement as part of his resignation.

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