FOX Sports and the Big Ten Conference today announces it has named veteran media executive Francois McGillicuddy to the position of President, Big Ten Network (BTN). The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer, FOX Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference. McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN currently held by Mark Silverman, who was elevated in January 2018 to the position of President, National Networks, FOX Sports. BTN is a joint venture between FOX Sports and the Big Ten Conference. “Francois
The 2018 wrestling season on BTN gets underway on Friday night as Wisconsin travels to Nebraska for the first Big Ten Conference match of the season. All matches are also available on BTN2Go and the FOX Sports app.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2018 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. The Big Ten Cross Country Championships kick off BTN’s coverage this Sunday, Oct. 28. The event will air live on FloSports and BTN Plus at 11:45 a.m. ET, and on television Monday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. ET. The Big Ten has four nationally ranked men’s teams, including No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 18 Purdue, No. 22
The 2018-19 Big Ten basketball season tips off in less than three weeks and BTN today announced on-air talent for over 200 men’s and women’s games, as well as its nightly studio shows. New this year to the network will be play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien, who joins Kevin Kugler, Brian Anderson, Brandon Gaudin, and Cory Provus in calling games. They accompany an experienced lineup of analysts including Robbie Hummel, a three-time first-team All-Big Ten performer at Purdue; basketball reporters Andy Katz and Mike DeCourcy; Shon Morris, a Northwestern center who led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding for three consecutive
As football season kicks into high gear, the first six sites for BTN Tailgate, the network’s travelling Saturday studio show, have now been confirmed. BTN Tailgate originates from a different Big Ten campus each week during conference play, and begins at 10 a.m. ET leading into the first games of the day at noon ET. Saturday’s BTN Tailgate heads to Iowa City as the Hawkeyes look to take an early lead in the Big Ten West. Iowa will face the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers and an offense featuring sophomore running back Johnathan Taylor, who ranks second nationally in rushing at
In conjunction with the Big Ten Conference, BTN today announced its complete television schedule for the 2018-19 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. BTN will air at least 132 men’s basketball games, including 77 conference games and 10 Big Ten Tournament games. The network will also broadcast at least 68 women’s basketball games, featuring four ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups alongside 12 conference tournament games, including both semifinals. The men’s schedule begins with non-conference action on Nov. 6 as the Indiana Hoosiers and heralded freshman Romeo Langford host Chicago State, and continues with the inaugural U.S. Bank Stadium Basketball Classic on Nov.
As summer transitions to fall, college football won’t be the only thing returning to campus. BTN’s award-winning original series Campus Eats, a first-hand look at the unique and iconic dishes found across the Big Ten, makes its season three debut on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The eight-episode season will feature current Big Ten head coaches James Franklin (Penn State Football) and Chris Collins (Northwestern Basketball), along with former Big Ten athletes Eddie George (Ohio State Football), Brenden Stai (Nebraska Football), Alando Tucker (Wisconsin Basketball) and Lamarr Woodley (Michigan Football). “This is my favorite season to date. We
On Saturday, Aug. 25, at 3 p.m. ET, Maize & Bleu: Michigan Football In France will make its debut on FS1. The 30-minute episode, produced by The Montag Group with Sandy Montag and Jim Jorden serving as Executive Producers, follows the Michigan Wolverines football team on their trip to France earlier this spring and also includes recent interviews from practice in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines’ travels through France included visits to some of the most iconic destinations in Europe. Michigan’s student-athletes toured the Louvre, the world’s largest art museum which features the Mona Lisa, Notre-Dame de Paris, considered to be
After winning seven games to jump start a new era of Purdue Football, Coach Jeff Brohm and the Boilermakers will allow BTN behind-the-scenes for Gold and Black Days: Inside Purdue Training Camp. Gold and Black Days will debut on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. ET, and episodes two and three will also air at 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 23 and Sept. 4. Fresh off a win over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl, one that saw the Purdue score 31 points in the first half en route to its first bowl win since 2011, the Boilermakers will go
BTN will air more than 14 hours of live coverage from the 2018 Big Ten Football Media Days taking place Monday and Tuesday, July 23 and 24 in Chicago. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks from Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and FOX Sports National Networks and BTN President Mark Silverman. The 47th annual Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon will debut on Wednesday, July 25 at 8 p.m. ET, hosted by BTN Lead Studio Host Dave Revsine with Lisa Byington reporting. Commissioner Delany will kickoff Monday’s coverage at 12:30