Despite the difficulties in his job, Bob Bowlsby doesn’t appear to leaving his position as Big 12 commissioner anytime soon.
Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reports that Bowlsby is in line for an extension of his original five-year contract.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he's had talks with his presidents about contract extension beyond 2019 and is 'amendable with that.'
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) July 10, 2017
His original contract was extended once to 2019. Another extension would place Bowlsby in control for the next several years.
Bowlsby, who turned 65 in January, said he is interested in remaining in his job for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve had some conversations with our board of directors about extending my agreement, and I’m amenable with that,” Bowlsby told the Morning News. “The people I’ve been with are great to work with and be around.”
The commissioner continually has maintained that the conference isn’t breaking up. The Big 12’s television contracts with FOX and ESPN extend through the 2024-25 season.
The biggest reason for Bowlsby’s confidence is the conference’s grant-of-rights television deal, which binds all conference members in place through the end of those TV deals.
That alone might be able to keep the Big 12 afloat for many years.