Image for Lansing Economic Club - Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference & Mark Hollis, MSU Athletic Director


Thursday, September 12, 2013



Jim Delany is the current commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, a role in which he has served since 1989. He is regarded among college athletics as being influential in the creation of the Bowl Championship Series and its maintenance.

During his tenure as commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, Delany has overseen:
•The creation of the Big Ten Network
•The expansion of the conference to 14 schools with the addition of Penn State University in 1990, the University of Nebraska in 2011 and in 2012, the University of Maryland and Rutgers University.
•Guaranteed participation for Big Ten schools in seven different bowl games
•Development and implementation of the first college football instant replay system
•An increase in average Big Ten football game attendance from 58,000 per game to 72,000 per game by 2005
•Negotiations with CBS to achieve a US$6 billion 11-year contract for men's basketball NCAA tournament games


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