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Jim Delany

Big Ten commissioner

By spearheading the creation of the Big Ten Network, Delany, 64, redefined how college sports are funded. Then, in a play to grab more cable subscribers, his league touched off the recent wave of realignment. Pending lawsuits, he's poised to start another round of movement. Other major conferences are standing down for now; if Delany moves to make the wealthiest league wealthier, they'll move too.
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