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Big Ten commissioner Delany to step down in 2020

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.

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