BTN to air 15 games during first three weekends

CHICAGO – Coming off its most successful season, with record ratings and 16 games featuring a top 25-ranked team, BTN will air 15 Big Ten games during the first three weekends of the 2012 college football season. Now in 51 million homes, the five-year-old network will air the debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and the return of defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first week of the season.

Overall, BTN will televise over 40 football games this fall, once again ensuring that all Big Ten home football games are televised nationally.

The games also will be available on BTN2Go, one of only two nationally distributed mobile sports services that is now in over 30 million homes. BTN2Go is a live, 24/7 simulcast that also includes all Extra Football Game Channels offered by BTN’s cable, satellite and telco providers during football season. BTN2Go will also be available internationally this fall for the first time to anyone with an internet connection.

“From day one, the 2012 college football season will get off to a great start on BTN with a triple header for three straight weeks,” BTN President Mark Silverman said. “And with BTN2Go, more and more BTN subscribers will have mobile access to Big Ten games.”

On Sept. 8, Iowa will have a chance to avenge its 2011 triple-overtime loss to Iowa State in the 2012 battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy when they welcome the Cyclones to Kinnick Stadium. The Hawkeyes had had won three straight Cy-Hawks before last year.

Saturday, Sept. 15, looks to be a busy one on BTN, with a total of eight games scheduled, including the Michigan Wolverines’ 2012 BTN debut hosting the University of Massachusetts.

Other previously announced BTN games of note include Michigan at Purdue at 4 PM ET Oct. 6, Ohio State at Indiana at 8 PM ET Oct. 13, and Penn State at Iowa at 8 PM ET Oct. 20.

When games air at the same time on BTN, the network makes the games available on Extra Football Game Channels.  Each week, fans can check local listings, their on-screen channel guide or www.BTN.com/channelfinder to find channel assignments for specific games.

Every BTN football game telecast will once again be surrounded by Big Ten Football Saturday, the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game show hosted by Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

The Big Ten and its television partners will announce the remaining matchups and game times either six or 12 days before each game.

Below is the 2012 BTN football schedule for weeks 1-3 and games already announced (All Times Eastern).

Sept. 1  Sept. 1
Noon 3:30 PM 8 PM
Miami (Ohio) at Ohio State Northern Iowa at Wisconsin Indiana State at Indiana
Eastern Kentucky at Purdue
Sept. 8
Noon 3:30 PM 8 PM
New Hampshire at Minnesota Iowa State at Iowa Vanderbilt at Northwestern
Sept. 15
Noon 3:30 PM 8 PM
Western Michigan at Minnesota Massachusetts at Michigan Utah State at Wisconsin
Charleston Southern at Illinois Northern Iowa at Iowa Ball State at Indiana
Eastern Michigan at Purdue Boston College at Northwestern

Previously announced games
Oct. 6       Michigan at Purdue 4 PM ET
Oct. 13    Ohio State at Indiana 8 PM ET
Oct. 20    Penn State at Iowa 8 PM

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 600 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on BTN, go to www.BTN.com.

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ryan eaton on 6/7/2012 @ 4:15pm EDT Said:

fantastic. do you know who the announcers will be yet? god bless.

    BTN.com staff on 6/7/2012 @ 4:30pm EDT Said:

    No, we won’t know about announcers until much later this summer. Thanks.

J.C. on 6/7/2012 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

Keep developing and expanding with each passing year, that’s all I can say as a loyal Big Ten alum.

“The Journey” is a nice touch this season. Hopefully we can see the development of the new coaching staffs in Columbus, State College and Champaign.

Here’s to another year of BTN getting bigger.

Bill Cohen on 6/7/2012 @ 5:02pm EDT Said:

Is there any sort of provision in case one of the Noon games runs long, or goes into OT. Especially during Week 3. I think fans of the trailing team would rather watch the kickoff of their game than the conclusion of someone else’s.

I should point out that this is a problem that other networks have also, but I am commenting here, because you guys are always nice enough to reply.

looking forward to a great season.

GO GREEN

    BTN.com staff on 6/7/2012 @ 5:22pm EDT Said:

    Bill – Yes, we have provisions to accommodate games running long. They depend on several factors, including who’s playing, what the score is and is a team about to tie or take the lead. We also put contingencies in place so we can get the home market (and sometimes other markets along with it) to the start of their game. Hope this helps.

Big Ron on 6/10/2012 @ 2:14am EDT Said:

This is fantastic news!!! One question though… is there talk to rework the conference’s schedling so there are fewer overlapping games? For instance on Sep 15 there are multiple games that overlap. It would be better, in my opinion, to have live games not competing against one another. I suppose it could be beneficial if one game is a blowout and a more compelling game is available, but it would make it easier follow more teams on a national basis and develop stronger B1G programs due to increased exposure. Just my 2 cents but I think by starting the conference games earlier and mixing some non-conf games through mid to late Oct, the BTN schedule would be better and you’d have a larger market for more nationally televised games to sell to advertisers.

Bob Marr on 8/15/2012 @ 5:03pm EDT Said:

How many Husker games will be on the BTN Network this year? I have not seen any scheduled? Thank you,

    BTN.com staff on 8/15/2012 @ 5:10pm EDT Said:

    Here’s the schedule as of right now. As you may know, TV networks choose games as the season progresses. We’ll have that info as it is released.

Justin west on 8/18/2012 @ 11:47pm EDT Said:

Have you guys already wrote off Nebraska football for the year? Why no coverage for them