The perks of being a conference commissioner aren’t too shabby.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will receive more than $20 million in future bonus payments, according to the conference’s federal tax returns examined by USA Today Sports.
A statement USA Today Sports received from Big Ten deputy commissioner and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler (who is also chairman of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors) said: “Commissioner Delany has provided invaluable leadership for Big Ten member institutions while delivering first-in-class performance during a time of great transformation in college athletics.
“He has not only successfully balanced the missions of academic achievement, student-athlete development and athletic success, he has successfully developed the resources necessary to strategically position the conference for success well into the future. His compensation is market-competitive, based on an independent third-party analysis, and reflects the value and impact of his leadership.”
Since becoming the Big Ten commissioner in 1989, Delany has guided the conference’s expansion from 10 to 14 teams and was instrumental in the creation of the Big Ten Network.