BTN will air more soccer than ever before

CHICAGO – BTN will televise more soccer this season than ever before, with at least 60 matches set to air on BTN, including for the first time each round of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments. Each BTN broadcast is also available on BTN2Go.

The soccer season on BTN begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when defending Big Ten Champion Penn State women host 2011 National Champion Stanford, while the men begin on Sunday, Sept. 23, with seven-time national champion Indiana at Ohio State.

BTN’s live coverage of men’s and women’s soccer includes three doubleheaders and one tripleheader, as well as select matches scheduled on Thursday nights to provide more exposure for Big Ten soccer. BTN’s Thursday night lineup begins with Ohio State hosting Penn State on Sept. 27, the first of four straight Thursday nights of women’s soccer on BTN. Thursday night broadcasts conclude with men’s soccer on Nov. 1, when defending Big Ten Champion Northwestern wraps up the regular season at Indiana.

BTN’s soccer coverage also includes the BTN Soccer Report, a weekly web-only show hosted by Kevin Egan. Fans can also follow the entire season on Twitter @BTNSoccerReport, or by using hashtag #BTNSoccer.

Last season, Indiana and Northwestern earned trips to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. After winning both the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament, the Wildcats earned the conference’s automatic bid. The Hoosiers earned their 25th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and advanced to the round of 16.

The 2011 women’s soccer season was highlighted by three squads earning bids to the NCAA Championship. Illinois earned the conference’s automatic bid after winning the Big Ten Tournament, while Big Ten Champion Penn State and Ohio State were also part of the championship field. The Buckeyes and Nittany Lions both reached the round of 16.

Below is the schedule of matches scheduled for both BTN and BTN2Go. Additional matches will be scheduled during the season for delayed broadcast as part of the network’s Student U initiative.

2012 Women’s Soccer (all times ET)
Date Away Home Time Airs
Friday, Aug. 24 Stanford at Penn State 7:30 p.m. LIVE
Friday, Sept. 14 Nebraska at Northwestern 6 p.m. SDD – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16 Wisconsin at Penn State 1 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Sept. 16 Iowa at Illinois 3 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Sept. 23 Michigan State at Minnesota 3 p.m. LIVE
Thursday, Sept. 27 Penn State at Ohio State 8 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Sept. 30 Iowa at Michigan State 1 p.m. LIVE
Thursday, Oct. 4 Michigan State at Illinois 8 p.m. LIVE
Thursday, Oct. 11 Purdue at Indiana 8 p.m. LIVE
Thursday, Oct. 18 Michigan at Ohio State 8 p.m. LIVE
Friday, Nov. 2 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #1 ** 10 a.m. LIVE
Friday, Nov. 2 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #2 ** 12:30 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Nov. 4 Big Ten Tournament Final ** Noon LIVE

** Big Ten Tournament at Indiana

2012 Men’s Soccer (all times ET)
Date Away Home Time Airs
Sunday, Sept. 23 Indiana at Ohio State 1 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Sept. 30 Northwestern at Michigan State 3:30 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Sept. 30 Ohio State at Michigan 6 p.m. LIVE
Saturday, Oct. 6 Penn State at Michigan 7 p.m. TBD
Sunday, Oct. 14 Ohio State at Northwestern 1 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Oct. 14 Michigan State at Penn State 3 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Oct. 21 Wisconsin at Michigan State 1 p.m. LIVE
Tuesday, Oct. 23 Akron at Ohio State 8 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Oct. 28 Northwestern at Wisconsin 1 p.m. LIVE
Thursday, Nov. 1 Northwestern at Indiana 8 p.m. LIVE
Friday, Nov. 9 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #1 ** 1 p.m. LIVE
Friday, Nov. 9 Big Ten Tournament Semifinal #2 ** 3:30 p.m. LIVE
Sunday, Nov. 11 Big Ten Tournament Final ** TBD LIVE

* Big Ten Tournament at Northwestern

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ryan eaton on 8/10/2012 @ 5:57pm EDT Said:

thanks btn. you just keep getting better and better.

NudgeWester on 8/14/2012 @ 9:58pm EDT Said:

so much for 60 matches being televised. it shows 13 matches for each gender (total of 26 matches). they then proclaim to show each round of the conference tournament. little do they know, that there’s also a Quarterfinal round, which is exempt from the TV schedule (as it only shows the semifinals and final being televised). this sounds like the same coverage as any other ordinary year, while the Pac-12 networks will have almost 100 soccer matches televised of both genders combined. Hmmmmm?

    BTN.com staff on 8/14/2012 @ 10:26pm EDT Said:

    Thanks for the comment. The televised games listed in this story are the ones that will air live on BTN/BTN2Go. The last sentence of the story should clear up any confusion: “Additional matches will be scheduled during the season for delayed broadcast as part of the network’s Student U initiative.”

NudgeWester on 8/14/2012 @ 11:36pm EDT Said:

Alright, the Nudge understands more clearly now. The Nudge is okay with this.
I’m not too familiar with the Student U initiative, because it’s delayed and not broadcast live on the television, but it seems like a good investment in the students from the conference. Major kudos to the Big Ten for allowing students this opportunity to get off to a good start in their media careers. Hopefully the conference continues to showcase the Student U initiative, and even innovate and expand it further in the future. More sporting events and overall conference games broadcast during non prime-time hours on the network is a lot better than running continuous redundant programming straight down our throats (i.e. re-runs that we’ve seen a thousand times already). Take it from a critic like me, as the Student U initiative is still better in investing in the student body for media/television than what any other conference is doing. The Pac-12 can have their western ivory towers and their glamor of seven networks showing every single intramural varsity club ping-pong match, and when they get their 8th regional network soon (after further expansion to 16 teams in the conference), then we’ll call it “Pac-12 regional network # 8 – “The Ocho”. And Pac-12 shuffleboard will rule supreme on that network, in addition to West Coast Dirt Bike, which is a club sporting event out there, and that will also be shown on “The Ocho”. The Big Ten will have no more than two networks in the future. The Big Ten Leaders Network, and the Big Ten Legends Network. Coming soon. Can’t wait. “Think Big, Dream Big, Go Big, Achieve Big – That’s the Big in the Big Ten”. -Nudge

Bruce on 9/16/2012 @ 8:12am EDT Said:

Big Ten Women’s Soccer Final on Friday? Must be a misprint!

    BTN.com staff on 9/17/2012 @ 10:32am EDT Said:

    Bruce, indeed. A mistake on our part and we have corrected it. Sorry for any confusion. The final is on the following Sunday.

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