BTN Launches New 2012 Fall Lineup
The Journey: Big Ten Football, which will follow the backstories of Big Ten football student-athletes and coaches on and off the field, highlights an extensive slate of BTN fall programming that offers fans more Big Ten football and fall sports coverage than any other network. The Journey debuts Oct. 3.
Two other new shows are also new. BTN has launched a nightly radio show at 7 PM ET Monday through Friday called #BTNLive, available via FOX Sports Radio in select markets and simulcast on BTN on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hosts Dave Revsine, Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo rotate throughout the week with analysis from Howard, Griffith, Gerry DiNardo, Glen Mason and others. Continuing on the success of previous BTN documentary series Big Ten Icons and Coaches’ Icons, Big Ten Elite is a new documentary series that provides the complete story behind seven all-time great football and basketball squads and why they will forever be regarded among the Big Ten elite.
“These shows will definitely appeal to Big Ten fans,” said BTN President Mark Silverman. “Our viewers can’t get enough of Big Ten football and our programming reflects that.”
The network’s football schedule features more than 40 games, along with extensive pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage on Saturdays along with Game Breaks between action.
BTN programs returning from the 2011 lineup include information and analysis in such programs as BTN Football & Beyond, The Next Level, BTN Football Report and the Women’s Sports Report; and Tailgate 48, Big Ten Pulse and Step into my Office, which are a lighter take on what happens in the Big Ten.
The Journey: Big Ten Football (Wednesdays, 7:30 PM ET):
Debuting Oct. 3, the Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed series that has been a hit with basketball fans, will chronicle the Big Ten Football season – including behind-the-scenes access and feature stories on the student-athletes and coaches as the drama of the Big Ten football season unfolds.
#BTNLive (On the Radio, Monday through Friday and simulcast on BTN on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all at 7 PM ET):
BTN’s radio show airs Monday through Friday and is simulcast on BTN on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is hosted by Dave Revsine and Howard Griffith, with Glen Mason joining the team on Tuesdays and Gerry DiNardo on Thursdays. Hosts and guests will tackle the day’s news in the world of the Big Ten. Listen to earlier shows here.
Big Ten Elite (Tuesdays, 8:30 PM ET):
Debuting this October, the 60-minute program will give viewers the complete story behind seven all-time great football and basketball squads, and why they are among the Big Ten Elite. Featured teams include 1993 Wisconsin Football, 1994 Nebraska Football, 1995 Northwestern Football, 1997 Michigan Football, 2002 Ohio State Football, 1980-1981 Indiana Basketball and 1999-2000 Michigan State Basketball.
Returning BTN Shows
Big Ten Pulse (Mondays, 6:30 PM ET):
Rick Pizzo, Derek Rackley and Tim Doyle offer an entertaining take on the topics and news around the Big Ten Conference and give their opinions on the biggest stories in sports.
BTN Football Report (Mondays and Fridays, 7:00 PM ET):
Hosted by Mike Hall with analysis from Howard Griffith and Chris Martin on Mondays, the crew looks back at the weekend that was in Big Ten football. On Fridays, analysts Tony Banks and Rosevelt Colvin join Hall to give fans the final word before their teams hit the field. The show also features reports from Saturday’s game sites.
The Next Level (Tuesdays, 8:00 PM ET):
Host Rick Pizzo along with analysts Antwaan Randle El and Tom Waddle focus on the current Big Ten football stars who are improving their draft stock week by week and review how Big Ten alumni are performing in the pros.
Tailgate 48 (Wednesdays, 6 PM ET):
Hosts Jason Fisher and Alex Curry give fans an all-access pass to Big Ten campuses for a 48-hour tour of the traditions, pageantry and game day excitement in and around Big Ten stadiums.
BTN Football & Beyond (Wednesdays, 6:30 PM ET):
A panel of college football insiders debates the hottest stories in the conference and examines the impact the nation’s top football stories have on the Big Ten. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Chris Martin are joined by the Chicago Tribune’s Teddy Greenstein and Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.
BTN LiveBIG (Sept. 17, Mondays, 7:30 PM ET):
Debuting Sept. 17, BTN LiveBIG is a 30-minute program that takes a look at how Big Ten alumni, supporters and students inspire their communities by “living big” in their service to others. Former Michigan standout Dhani Jones hosts. Find more at BTNLiveBig.com.
Big Ten Women’s Sports Report (Sept. 21, Fridays, 2:30 PM ET)
Debuting Sept. 21, the show offers an extensive look at how female athletes and teams are shining on and off the field, with game coverage and analysis.
Step into my Office (Tuesdays, 10:30 PM ET):
Returning this October, Mike Hall is invited inside the offices of the Big Ten’s football coaches for a revealing, exclusive one-on-one conversation.