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BTN ‘NBA Draft Preview’ airs at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday

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Adreian Payne Preps for 2014 NBA Draft

CHICAGO – As one of the premier basketball conferences in the country, the Big Ten is expected to once again be heavily represented in the 2014 NBA Draft. Through a series of feature segments, sit-down interviews and in-depth analysis, BTN will prepare fans for draft night with a 60-minute NBA Draft Preview edition of Big Ten Basketball Report at 7 PM ET on Wednesday, June 25.

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BTN to air 'Journey' marathon Friday

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The Journey 2013: Big Ten Football (Episode 4, Segment 2)

CHICAGO – BTN is dedicating the entire day of programing Friday to The Journey: Big Ten Football 2013 by replaying all 12 episodes.

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Enter BTN's NY & NJ Big Ten Fans 'Selfie’ Contest

Tuesday, Big Ten Network starts a three-week search for Big Ten superfans from the New York tri-state area for the most creative and inspired “selfies” taken in front of iconic New York and New Jersey locations. The lucky winners will receive prize packages, including a trip to the 2014 Big Ten Football Championship Game or the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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Five students win first ‘BTN LiveBIG’ journalism award

CHICAGO – Five student journalists from Big Ten universities and the University of Maryland and Rutgers University, which join the Big Ten July 1, will receive the first BTN LiveBIG Student Solutions Journalism Award, the network announced today.

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BTN announces Big Ten baseball tourney coverage

CHICAGO – BTN’s coverage of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament begins at 6 PM ET on Wednesday with No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Iowa from TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., home of the College World Series. The network will also carry games 6, 7 and 8 on Thursday, each game Friday and Saturday and the Big Ten Baseball Tournament Championship Game, which will air at 2 PM ET on Sunday.

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Hulsey promoted to Senior VP/Executive Producer

CHICAGO – BTN President Mark Silverman announced today that Mark Hulsey has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Production/Executive Producer. Hulsey joined BTN in 2009 as Vice President of Production/Executive Producer after nine years at FOX Sports Midwest.

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Strategy behind BTN's prime-time selections

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Abdullah Gets the 4th Down Converstion

Earlier this morning, we released BTN’s 2014 primetime football selections. The six games to air in prime-time this fall will include the 2013 Big Ten Champion Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers. The day prime-time schedules are released is always exciting, because it’s like the unofficial start of football season. What most people may not realize is how extensive the research and planning process is prior to finalizing and announcing the selections.

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BTN to televise nine spring championships in May

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CHICAGO – BTN is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May and will televise events in the sports of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. In all, BTN will offer more than 50 hours of coverage.

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BTN to air seven Big Ten Winter Championships

CHICAGO – For the seventh consecutive year, 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.

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'BTN LiveBIG' spotlights Michigan State programs

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Friday with stories about Michigan State’s investigative documentary, Spartans Will 360, and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which brings African students to East Lansing. The episode will air at approximately Midnight ET Friday following Frozen Friday: Final Rush.

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'Live B1G' shines light on IU's Proton Therapy Center

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Thursday with stories about Indiana Athletics’ head strength and conditioning coach, Tom Morris, and Indiana University’s Proton Therapy Center, where tumor patients are receiving a groundbreaking alternative to radiation. The episode will air at approximately 10:45 PM ET Thursday following Big Ten Basketball Report. The episode will also air at 1:30 PM ET on Friday.

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'Live BIG' to feature mobile medical treatment in Kenya

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Wednesday with stories about a Wisconsin initiative that brings cost-effective basic healthcare to remote communities in Kenya and the research of a disease affecting the honeybee population. The episode will air at approximately 11:30 PM ET Wednesday following the Northwestern at Wisconsin men’s basketball game. The episode will also air at 12:30 PM ET on Thursday and at 1:45 PM ET on Saturday.

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'BTN LiveBIG' on Iowa airs Saturday

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Saturday with stories about Iowa’s use of flight simulators to help improve the safety of pilots and the College of Education’s REACH program designed for students with intellectual and cognitive disabilities. The episode will air at approximately 4 PM ET Saturday following the Minnesota at Iowa wrestling match.

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'LiveB1G' to focus on NU's work with sea otters

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Tuesday with stories about Northwestern’s work with sea otters at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, a youth mentoring program for high school students interested in journalism and the university’s first international campus in Qatar. The episode will air at approximately 11:30 PM ET Tuesday following the Purdue at Northwestern men’s basketball game.

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BTN LiveBIG spotlight's Ohio State's efforts

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Monday with stories about Ohio State’s Zero Waste initiative that helps increase recycling on-campus, research on automotive safety and how a team at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is helping patients suffering from neurological disorders. The episode will air at approximately 9 PM ET Monday following the Ohio State and Nebraska men’s basketball game.

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'BTN LiveBIG’ to feature Purdue’s Parkinson’s Research

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Wednesday with stories about Purdue’s initiative to help military veterans transition back into civilian life, a boxing gym for Parkinson’s patients and the creation of a new cost-efficient mode of transportation. The episode will air at approximately 11:30 PM ET Wednesday following the Purdue at Illinois men’s basketball game, the second game in the network’s Super Wednesday lineup.

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BTN LiveBIG to join Suits and Sneakers Awareness

CHICAGO – As part of its pro-social initiative BTN LiveBIG, the Big Ten Network (BTN) will join the American Cancer Society in the support of Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend Jan. 24-26, when coaches wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.

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‘BTN LiveBIG’ spotlights Penn State’s programs

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Monday with stories about Penn State’s research on the world of parasites in the ant population, a program that encourages disabled students to participate in recreational and competitive athletics and Turf Science research. The episode will air at 11 PM ET Monday following the Minnesota at Penn State men’s hockey game and the University Showcase Hockey Valley: The Opening of the Pegula Ice Arena.

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BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

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The Journey : Big Ten Basketball 2014 - Episode 1 Promo

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game.

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BTN LiveBIG returns Jan. 8 with new shows

CHICAGO – A new season of the television series BTN LiveBIG debuts Jan. 8, with stories about the community of Big Ten students, faculty and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service. The first episode features Illinois.

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BTN provides full bowl season coverage

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Tom Dienhart Bowl Preview Interview

BTN will air extensive coverage of the 2013-14 bowl season, including live reports from the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. Seven Big Ten teams are competing in this year’s bowl season, including two in the BCS, marking the 15th straight year that six or more conference squads will take part in the postseason play.

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BTN expands studio team of basketball analysts

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Gary Williams Honored Before OSU/Maryland Game

CHICAGO – BTN will bolster its team of studio analysts to coincide with the start of conference basketball by adding former Maryland and Ohio State head coach Gary Williams and Hall of Fame sportswriters Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Mike DeCourcy, who returns for a third season.

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