Whew! What a week!
Things are always crazy here at BTN in late October, and this week it all came together for the PR team in true fashion, with something for fans of all kinds of sports.
First, we announced that for the first time BTN would air Big Ten Media Day for men’s and women’s basketball live on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network, as well as the lineup of our basketball shows this season. (ICYMI, you can find the best of this year’s Media Day here, courtesy of BTN.com’s Sean Merriman.)
Then, it was time to release the 2013-14 Wrestling Schedule. Wrestling has an engaged and passionate fan base, and folks were pleased that this season we’ll have our most extensive coverage ever.
The Big Ten Fall Championship schedule was next up, with coverage plans for field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross country.
We also helped launch the awareness campaign for BTN’s first feature-length documentary, Tiebreaker, which debuts at 7 PM ET on Nov. 16. Tiebreaker examines the aftermath of the 1973 Ohio State v. Michigan football game that ended in a 10-10 tie. With both teams sporting identical 7-0-1 conference records, Big Ten Athletic Directors were left to vote on which school would represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. At that time, only one Big Ten team could play in a bowl game. In a controversial vote, the Big Ten Athletic Directors voted to send Ohio State to Pasadena. Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler called the decision “the lowest day of my athletic career.”
You can watch the trailer here.
Below is an image from a roundtable discussion that Stephen Bardo and Jim Jackson, two former B1G standouts and current BTN analysts, had with reporters from Iowa City, Columbus, Bloomington and Detroit following yesterday’s events.
The week’s not over yet! Tomorrow, BTN will air three games, Ohio State at Purdue at Noon ET, followed by Northwestern at Nebraska and Wisconsin at Illinois at 3:30 PM ET. A As a reminder, the national providers, including -– DIRECTV, DISH, AT&T U-Verse, and Verizon FiOS –- have the same channels nationwide, and they are listed below. Please go to BTN.com/GameFinder for the specific cable channel in your area. Also below is the coverage map.
|DIRECTV – NOON ET GAME
610 – Ohio State at Purdue
|DIRECTV – 3:30 PM ET GAMES
610 – Northwestern at Nebraska
610-1 – Minnesota at Indiana
|DISH – NOON ET GAME
439 (HD) – Ohio State at Purdue
|DISH – 3:30 PM ET GAMES
439 (HD) Northwestern at Nebraska
452 or 9574 (HD) – Minnesota at Indiana
|AT&T U-Verse – NOON ET GAME
650/1650 (HD) – Ohio State at Purdue
|AT&T U-Verse – 3:30 PM ET GAMES
693/1693 (HD) – Northwestern at Nebraska
692/1692 (HD) – Minnesota at Indiana
|VERIZON FiOS – NOON ET GAME
85 AND 585 (HD) – Ohio State at Purdue
|VERIZON FiOS – 3:30 PM GAMES
85 AND 585 (HD) – Northwestern at Nebraska
330 – Minnesota at Indiana
Enjoy the weekend everyone!