Believe it or not, the contract for Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was, as of a 2008 announcement, set to expire at the end of this month.
Delany, of course, will be the Big Ten’s commissioner beyond that date. In fact, he’s signed on for another five years. It’s just that no announcement was ever made.
ESPN’s Big Ten blog reached out and received confirmation from the conference that Delany received another contract extension two years ago that will take him through June of 2018.
The Big Ten confirmed to ESPN.com this week that Delany received a contract extension in 2011 that takes him through June 30, 2018. The league’s Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved the extension, but the conference never made a public announcement.
Delany’s been known to take a weird stance on a thing or two — namely threatening to de-emphasize athletics should the Ed O’Bannon plaintiffs win their lawsuit against the NCAA and co-defendants — but he is among the highest paid and most powerful people in all of college athletics. Most importantly, he’s done a great job of bringing in mountains of cash for his league and he’ll oversee another set of TV negotiations in a few years that will be influenced by the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.
Based on that alone, he can stay as long as he wants.