As the Big Ten Network prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in August, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced what lies ahead of the network at Big Ten Football media days. BTN Programming BTN Tailgate, BTN’s on-campus college football pregame show, will return for its second season and expand to two hours, now airing from 10 a.m. ET to noon ET. Analyst Stanley Jackson will join the crew of Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Spice Adams for 10 shows to serve as the home for Big Ten football fans this fall. Big Ten Elite: 2016 Penn State Football will debut
There are only a few days left to register for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. RAM Racing will be partnering with BTN to produce the sixth annual BTN Big 10K, presented by MB Financial Bank, on Sunday, July 23, in Grant Park. New this year, finishers can pick their favorite school-specific Big Ten medal after completing the race. Additionally, Big Ten school-specific shirts are back in 2017. Penn State football standout, retired Chicago Bear and social media sensation Anthony “Spice” Adams will serve as this year’s grand marshal and Special Olympics Chicago will
BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 14 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2017. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. From 1 p.m. ET through 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 24, BTN will televise remarks from Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Tom Allen (Indiana), Lovie Smith (Illinois), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), DJ Durkin (Maryland), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State). Immediately afterward, from 3 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET, the coaches and their students
BTN today announced its schedule for the first three weeks of the 2017 college football season, featuring 16 non-conference matchups that include the defending Big Ten Champion Penn State Nittany Lions as well as Michigan and Wisconsin teams that finished last season ranked in the Associated Press top 10. BTN kicks off the season on Thursday, August 31, at 7 p.m. ET when P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers host Buffalo at TCF Bank Field. Four games follow on Saturday, Sept. 2, including a matchup between Iowa and Wyoming that will pit Butkus Award finalist Josey Jewell and the
BTN is the home for complete coverage of the 2017 Big Ten spring championships in April and May, televising events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Broadcast coverage of Big Ten spring championships begins on Saturday, April 29, when BTN will televise the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship at noon ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championship will air on Sunday, May 7, at 11 a.m. ET. TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio, will serve as the home
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble announced Wednesday he would forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Trimble also signed with an agent, meaning he can't withdraw his name and return to school.
On Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. ET, BTN will air the first live esports match in network history when Maryland takes on Illinois in the BTN League of Legends Championship. The match will be held at the NA LCS Battle Theater in Los Angeles and can be seen on BTN2Go. Over the course of the inaugural season, 12 clubs from Big Ten universities were separated into BTN East and West divisions to compete against each other in the most played PC video game in the world. Not including Monday’s championship, seven matches have been streamed across BTN2Go, Facebook and
BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2017, with over 400 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus during the upcoming season. BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a conference showdown between No. 21 Michigan and Maryland on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Last season, Minnesota won the outright Big Ten title, but Ohio State won the Big Ten Tournament Championship for the first time since 2007 en route to the NCAA tournament. The Big Ten coaches voted the Maryland Terrapins as the 2017 conference favorite; however, they figure to
After an extraordinarily competitive 2016-2017 season, BTN’s men’s basketball live game coverage drew an 11% increase in overall household delivery over last season, fueled by a 22% growth in Super Wednesday doubleheaders*. 52 conference games were decided either in the final minute or overtime, and 31 of those were featured on BTN, including 10 of the 12 overtime contests. Additionally, BTN saw six of the top 10 conference games in network history take place during the 2016-2017 season. Along with the Maryland at Minnesota game on Jan. 28 that set the record, Minnesota at Wisconsin (March 5), Michigan State at
BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Washington D.C., including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Mike Hall and analyst Shon Morris will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included. At 5 p.m.