Jim Delany is sticking around for a little while longer.
Adam Rittenberg reports that ESPN has confirmed with the Big Ten that the longtime commissioner had his contract extended in 2011, which will carry through June 30, 2018. Way to keep things quiet for so long in this media-crazed world we live in.
According to the report, the league's Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved the extension, but the conference decided not to make a public announcement.
His contract was scheduled to come to an end on June 30 of this year.
This is huge news for the Big Ten.
Delany has been the commissioner of the conference since 1989 and has played a key role in the success of the Big Ten since then. He helped create the Big Ten Network, which reportedly is largely responsible for each team receiving more than $25 million in one years' worth of revenue.
He also helped implement college football's first replay system and is one of the most influential members of the BCS system, which will come to an end after this season.
But even with all of the success, his days ahead will be the most challenging.
Delany will now have the task of negotiating a new contract for the Big Ten Network, which has proven to be very profitable for the conference. It is set to expire after the 2016-17 athletics season, per the report. He will also be around when the new playoff format kicks off in 2014, which is a big year for the conference with the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.Rand
Sticking with familiarity is a smart move for the Big Ten, especially with Mike Slive's future as SEC commissioner up in the air.
Delany is only the fifth commissioner in Big Ten history and has spent the longest time at the position, recently surpassing Major John L. Griffith, who spent 22 years as commissioner.