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
The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10.
As the Big Ten Network begins its 10th year on-air, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced the network’s new lineup of original programming at Big Ten Football media day. Fresh off an appearance in the College Football Playoff, the Michigan State Spartans football team will allow BTN behind-the-scenes for Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp. The show will follow Mark Dantonio’s Spartans through a portion of pre-season practice as they prepare to defend their Big Ten crown while replacing a number of key contributors. Green and White Days will debut on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2016. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. From 1 p.m. ET through 3 p.m. ET on Monday, July 25, BTN will televise remarks from Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Chris Ash (Rutgers), James Franklin (Penn State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Mike Riley (Nebraska) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan). Immediately afterward, from 3 p.m. ET – 7 p.m. ET, the coaches and their students will
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.