Jim Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference – the oldest division one collegiate athletic conference in the US – will retire when his current contract expires in June 2020.
Delany is credited with the creation of the Big Ten Network, which was the first linear channel for a college sports league. He also is given credit for the additions of Maryland, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers to the conference, which allowed the league to increase its geographic footprint and improve its competitiveness, particularly in football.
“Jim has had an extraordinary impact on the Big Ten Conference, its member institutions, administrators, students and coaches since 1989,” said Northwestern University president Morton Schapiro. “He has been a forward-thinking, collaborative and decisive leader in every aspect of conference proceedings. We thank him for his dedicated service to date and look forward to working with him through the conclusion of his contract.”