BTN announces on-air talent roster for 2012 season

CHICAGO – BTN today revealed its game broadcast teams and studio talent for the 2012 football season. The network’s football schedule will feature more than 40 games, extensive pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage on Saturdays and football-themed studio shows every weeknight.

For the sixth straight year, Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will anchor the network’s game-day studio coverage on Big Ten Football Saturday, and will contribute to additional studio shows during the week.

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BTN’s broadcast teams for football telecasts include Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Derek Rackley (analyst); Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Chris Martin (analyst)and Matt Devlin (play-by-play) and Glen Mason (analyst).

Additional play-by-play voices for football are returning talent Wayne Larrivee and Brian Anderson, currently the television voice of the Milwaukee Brewers who also does college basketball broadcasts for BTN and CBS and MLB games for TBS. Northwestern graduate Josh Lewin, play-by-play announcer of the New York Mets on WFAN and current radio voice of the San Diego Chargers, also joins the BTN group of announcers.

Antwaan Randle El
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In addition to Anderson and Lewin, new voices include Antwaan Randle El (studio analyst and sideline), Tom Waddle (studio analyst), Chuck Long (studio and game analyst,) and J Leman (game analyst and sideline). Former Indiana quarterback Randle El retired from the NFL just this month after spending 10 years in the league. Waddle is a former Chicago Bears wide receiver and current Chicago radio co-host.  He also will co-host The Next Level, BTN’s weekly show featuring the NFL play of former Big Ten stars and the professional potential of current Big Ten student-athletes. Long is a former Iowa quarterback and member of the College Football Hall of Fame.  Leman is a former Illinois linebacker.

Additional new faces on BTN include Evan Fitzgerald, Northwestern graduate and current sports anchor at CBS 58 in Milwaukee; Damon Benning, former Nebraska running back; and Justin Conzemius, former Minnesota defensive back.

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 800 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 additional information, go to


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bob jones on 7/25/2012 @ 6:55pm EDT Said:

BTN has a great crew, glad to see Kevin Kugler and Damon Benning on the roster. Kugler is a real pro, good on all sports he covers, a very talented guy. Always thought Damon Benning would make a great broadcaster or analyst, he did a great job here locally with his Cornhusker football analysis. Very proud of these two Nebraskans and really happy to see them on BTN.

aroznowski on 7/25/2012 @ 10:00pm EDT Said:

It’s hard to believe that BTN is about to enter its sixth year on the air! I am really looking forward to this upcoming season and all of BTN’s great coverage that it will bring.

Diehard CFB Fans (@diehardcfbfans) on 7/27/2012 @ 9:22pm EDT Said:

Randle El–awesome! Glad to see J Leman is still around BTN, too.

Mary Antil on 9/15/2012 @ 4:30pm EDT Said:

The announcers are talking too much. Very distracting. We miss the official calls.

B Brown on 9/24/2012 @ 11:22am EDT Said:

What a great job the crew did at the Nebraska game on 9/22/12.
Damon Benning was terrific with his sideline reporting. Very professional.
Saw coverage of the game that NEVER HAS BEEN SEEN on ABC or ESPN.
Keep up the great work !!

Ray Weatherford on 10/8/2012 @ 9:42pm EDT Said:

Very disappointed that BTN announcers are so ANTI-Michigan. Very evident, by the way they waffle on picks and avoid picking one of the most dynamic players in all of college football for offensive player of the week. Before week 6, they picked Purdue against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, really? I currently live in SC, but I bleed BLUE! Frustrated fan.

Matthew Storey on 10/13/2012 @ 2:16pm EDT Said:

Who is the femail play by play person doing Minnesota and Northwestern

Gary A. Engberg on 10/14/2012 @ 11:08am EDT Said:

Could you please give me the announcers for the Michigan/Illinois game. Thank you very much. Gary A. Engberg staff on 10/15/2012 @ 10:20am EDT Said:

    Gary, we’re not sure. That game was on ABC.