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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jim Delany is second-highest paid commish

By Brian Bennett

Jim Delany may or may not get everything he wants in a new college football playoff system, but it's still good to be the Big Ten commissioner.

According to USA Today, Delany was the second highest-paid conference commissioner in 2010, the year for which the most recent tax records are available. Delany made nearly $1.8 million, with a little more than $1.2 million in base salary and more than $550,000 in other compensation. USA Today reports his pay increased about nine percent.

That puts him second only to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who was paid $1.9 million in salary and bonuses. Scott received that salary in his first full year as Pac-12 (then Pac-10) commissioner, but he has earned his money with innovative ideas, including expansion.

What's a measly $100,000 between friends? We propose that Scott and Delany put the differences in salary on the line for the first Pac-12/Big Ten series in 2017. Any takers?

Both men, surprisingly, made much more than SEC commissioner Mike Slive, who took home just over $1 million. If Slive could just get the SEC to succeed in some team sports, perhaps he'd be in line for a raise. Of course, the cost of living is a little lower in Birmingham, Ala., than it is in the Chicago area or Northern California, where Delany and Scott go to work.