Jim Delany said he won’t be around in six years to negotiate the Big Ten’s next TV deal, and multiple reports Tuesday claimed he’d be gone by then — 2022.
Now, USA Today’s Nicole Auerbach reports Delany will step down in 2020 when his contract ends.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 26, 2016
Delany told ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg that it’s a “fair inference” he will step down when his contract runs out. But it could come before then, and health will be a factor.
“My contract is through 2020,” Delany told ESPN. “A contract is a contract. Retirement is when someone wants to go. I expect to work through my contract. I’m healthy and I enjoy doing what I do. Anything beyond that, I don’t know.”
Delany became the Big Ten’s commissioner in 1989 and has overseen the launch of the Big Ten Network and the addition of four teams (Penn State in 1993, Nebraska in 2011, Maryland and Rutgers in 2014). In doing that, he’s helped make the Big Ten the most lucrative conference in the nation.
Delany also helped create the Bowl Championship Series and implement instant replay in college football.