DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The Big 12 Conference has announced a two-year extension for Commissioner Bob Bowlsby that runs through 2019.
He has three years remaining on his original five-year deal.
“I am honored to serve the Big 12 Conference, and humbled by the confidence, support and generosity of the Board,” commented Bowlsby. “I look forward to a bright future for the Big 12 and am very enthusiastic about continuing my service for at least another five years.”
Bowlsby became commissioner in May 2012 after stints as athletic director at Stanford and Iowa. He took over the Big 12 not long after the conference nearly fell apart because of defections by Nebraska, Colorado, Texas A&M and Missouri to other leagues.
Under Bowlsby, the Big 12 signed a 13-year television deal with ESPN and Fox that has led to record revenue for conference members. The Big 12 recently announced $220.1 million in distributable revenue for its 10 members for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
“The presidents of the Big 12 member institutions recognize the exceptional leadership Bob has provided, and look forward to his long-term stewardship of the Conference,” said Board chairman and Oklahoma State University president Burns Hargis.
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