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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season.
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BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016.
BTN will dedicate eight hours of programming to cover National Signing Day on Wednesday, the most coverage in network history, including:
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
BTN is taking the show on the road to New York City on Jan. 29th and 30th for the inaugural Super Saturday, a Big Ten basketball & hockey doubleheader at Madison Square Garden featuring Michigan and Penn State. BTN will provide complete coverage of both contests, including live game telecasts and studio shows originating from both Manhattan and on-site.
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007.
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At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.
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BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24.
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With the regular season complete, BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of both coaches’ and media All-Big Ten teams, as well as 16 Big Ten football awards during BTN Live on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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The final football games of the Big Ten regular season will be played Saturday and three are on BTN. At noon ET, Indiana travels to West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers, while Maryland heads to High Point Solutions Stadium to face the Scarlet Knights. Those games will be followed by Minnesota at Wisconsin at 3:30 PM ET.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension.
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BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, as well as delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
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With the Big Ten seeking its 10th consecutive wrestling national championship, BTN’s 2015-16 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, will take fans along for the ride with some of the most noteworthy matchups of the season.
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Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball.
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The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent.
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Returning for its fourth season to provide fans with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Big Ten and its key personalities, BTN Originals debuts The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Big Ten Elite: 2014 Ohio State Football follows The Journey at 9:30 p.m. ET, and goes inside the Buckeyes 2014-15 regular season and sensational three-game postseason run with interviews from players, coaches and media members.
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For the first time in network history, two top five teams in the AP Poll will call BTN home, as top-ranked Ohio State takes on Maryland at noon ET and No. 4 Michigan State faces Rutgers at 8 p.m. ET.
Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin, Saturday’s University of Maryland football game against No. 22 Michigan will now be played at noon ET on BTN. The game was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, the kickoff time for the Nebraska at Illinois game will now be moved to 4:02 p.m. ET from 3:30 p.m. ET. Use our TV GameFinder for complete TV listing updates.
On Sept. 30, BTN Originals breaks new ground with the second installment of their one-hour series “B1G Close Up” – which will feature the Sept. 23 volleyball match between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wisconsin entered the match ranked No. 16, looking to take down No. 1 Penn State.