The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership for non-conference men’s basketball in its history on Monday night, with the Top-15 non-conference matchup between No. 3 ranked and defending National Champion Villanova visiting No. 15 ranked Purdue. BTN earned a 0.41 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* topping its previous record set in December 2015 by 10 percent (Butler vs. Purdue). *Source: Nielsen Arianna Overnights (11/14/16). Metered Markets: Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
BTN will become the first college sports network to produce a live football game in virtual reality. The network has partnered with VOKE, one of the world’s leading virtual reality (VR) providers, to bring fans an immersive view of the Minnesota at No. 19 Nebraska football game. In addition to VOKE’s VR experience, the battle between the Gophers and the Huskers will be shown on BTN in primetime at 7:30 p.m. ET.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2016 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships. Championship coverage starts off with live coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships, hosted by Minnesota, at 11 a.m. ET on Oct. 30. The Big Ten has a four nationally ranked men’s teams, including No. 14 Michigan, No. 18 Wisconsin, No. 19 Indiana and No. 29 Michigan State. On the women’s side, three Big Ten teams
This Saturday from noon E.T. – 1 p.m. ET, BTN will offer a live and unprecedented look inside one of Indiana Basketball’s practices with Tom Crean. Coach Crean, along with BTN analyst Jon Crispin, will wear microphones throughout the practice and discuss drills, the IU roster and a team scrimmage in real time for viewers. The Hoosiers finished ninth in last season’s final USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll and look to build on a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Indiana will be led by the trio of OG Anunoby, James Blackmon Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Anunoby is tabbed
BTN is the college sports fans’ home for Big Ten basketball beginning on Thursday with Big Ten Basketball Men’s Media Day. Along with media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio programming, BTN has Big Ten hoops covered all season long. Thursday’s men’s basketball media day coverage starts with coaches press conferences from 9 a.m. ET to 11:30 a.m. ET, beginning with Nebraska’s Tim Miles, B1G Basketball Media Day: 2016-2017 hosted by Dave Revsine and Jon Crispin, runs from 11:30 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET and will feature the coaches and student athletes from each
BTN opened up Big Ten Conference play with the highest rated college football game across all networks, broadcast and cable, during Saturday’s noon window in the network’s 12 metered markets*. Wisconsin at Michigan State, then ranked No. 11 and No. 8 respectively, earned a 2.1 rating. It became the highest rated Michigan State game in network history, and the second-highest rated Wisconsin game. Additionally, it was another week of strong growth for BTN2Go, with the Spartans and Badgers finishing with the second most-watched game in BTN2Go history with 173,491 views. Last week’s Colorado at Michigan became the most-watched game in
BTN wrapped up week three of its non-conference football broadcasts on Sept. 17 with the highest rated games across all cable networks in both the noon and 3:30 p.m. ET windows in the network’s 12 metered markets*. Colorado at Michigan led the way with a 2.3 HH rating in the 3:30 p.m. ET window, while Temple at Penn State and Georgia State at Wisconsin delivered a 1.1 HH rating at noon ET. Beyond the linear network performance, Colorado at Michigan also became the most-watched game in BTN2Go history with 207,000 video views. As conference play begins on Saturday, Sept. 24,
Coming off a season in which seven Big Ten teams were selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament with three reaching the Elite Eight, BTN’s 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule will feature more than 75 conference matchups. The slate includes five Big Ten Tournament games and 10 consecutive weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. All games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension. Throughout conference play, BTN will be home to 35 games involving Big Ten teams that finished in the top 25 of the USA Today sports
Big Ten Network today announced the sites for the first six weeks of BTN Tailgate, the network’s new pregame show originating from a different Big Ten campus each week during conference play. Tailgate’s debut episode will be live from East Lansing, when the Michigan State Spartans host the Wisconsin Badgers on Sept. 24 in a potential battle of top 15 teams. Over the first two to three years of the show, BTN Tailgate plans to visit each Big Ten campus. In addition to free food and MSU branded giveaways in week one (while supplies last), there will also be a
BTN today announced the launch of an all-new BTN2Go, the number one sports destination for Big Ten fans and alumni, featuring immense user personalization, new school-specific video content, improved social features and integrated tools such as school emojis to enhance the fan experience. With the new and improved BTN2Go, users can now enjoy a hyper-personalized experience where they’ll always be in the know on the latest and greatest with their favorite school. With BTN2Go, fans will now have instant access to original video content direct from both their favorite athletic department and BTN, curated key social content and quick access