The Big Ten Network today announced Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber as the grand marshal of the BTN Big 10K. Schwarber will join thousands of Big Ten fans and runners on Aug. 6, 2016, for 10K and 5K runs, as well as a football-themed tailgate party afterwards. “It will be a blast to relive my Big Ten days at one of Chicago’s best summer tailgates,” said Schwarber, who was an All-American baseball player at Indiana University. “I can’t wait to see Big Ten and Cubs fans hit the city streets to represent their schools and support Special Olympics Chicago.” Schwarber
BTN announced its first 17 games of the 2016 football season.
On Saturday, May 21, “Hoop 4 Water: A Charity Basketball Event,” will stream live on BTN2Go at 3 p.m. ET. The game will also air on BTN at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, May 23. Former NBA star and NCAA Champion Morris Peterson, a native of Flint, Mich., is partnering with rapper Snoop Dogg to host the celebrity basketball game. Proceeds will benefit the Morris Peterson Jr. Foundation, which will provide water crisis-related donations to the community of Flint. The game will feature a star-studded guest list, including New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond,
On Sunday, May 15, President Barack Obama’s keynote address at Rutgers University’s 250th anniversary commencement will stream live on BTN2Go at 12:30 p.m. ET. The speech from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway will also air later that day at 10:30 p.m. ET on BTN. The event was announced this past April, with White House spokesman Keith Maley saying, “Rutgers University is one of the oldest universities in the country with a long and distinguished history of advancing research and preparing students with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.” Rutgers President Robert Barchi first wrote Obama
Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.
BTN is the home for a complete 90 hours of Big Ten spring championships coverage in May, televising events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field. Broadcast coverage of Big Ten spring championships begins on Sunday, May 1, when BTN will televise the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at 11 a.m. ET, while the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships follow at 12 p.m. ET. The Northwestern and Ohio State women’s teams shared the 2015 Big Ten Championship, while Illinois took home the men’s title. Championships coverage continues on
BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event where two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24. “The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said Michael Calderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media
BTN will increase its coverage of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2016, televising at least 25 men’s and women’s games and streaming approximately 40 other games on BTN Plus. Additional events may be added to the schedule at a later date. Men’s television coverage begins Tuesday, March 19, when No. 20 Ohio State hosts No. 6 Towson in a top-20 matchup. Highlighting the remainder of the schedule is 2015 national runner-up and No. 12 Maryland at Penn State on Sunday, April 10, No. 11 Johns Hopkins at Penn State on Sunday, April 17 and Ohio State at Maryland
Registration is now open for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The fifth annual BTN Big 10k takes place on Saturday, Aug. 6, and is back with a fresh look on a new course in 2016. The new 10k course, with a start and finish in Chicago’s iconic Grant Park, allows runners to traverse the Windy City’s famed streets with views of Buckingham Fountain, Lake Michigan and Chicago’s world- renowned skyline. Also new in 2016, the first 1,000 runners to sign up will receive a custom, Big Ten-themed water bottle. The water bottle, with
BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special. Coverage begins at 6 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 Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin 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 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will