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.
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