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.
CHICAGO – BTN today announced it has selected six games to air in primetime this fall, with teams including the conference’s 2013 Big Ten Champion Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Big Ten newcomers Rutgers University and the University of Maryland.
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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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CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever, with over 240 events airing on BTN, BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) for the 2014 season.
By now, you’ve probably seen our BTN2Go mini mascot ads. You know, the ones where Big Ten fans have their school’s mini mascot attached to them at special events. Well, one Minnesota fan mimicked the idea Friday at the Big Ten tourney. Watch the Minnesota ad and see a picture of the fan at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in this post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BTN will provide extensive coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend, when No. 2 Ohio State takes on No. 10 Michigan State. Leading up to the action, BTN will air the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday from 3:30-4:30 PM ET. Later, #BTNLive, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 PM ET. Also, Mike Hall will host the Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview at 7 PM ET with analysts Brandon Williams, Jim Miller and Stanley Jackson.
CHICAGO – BTN Originals will premiere Tiebreaker, the network’s first feature-length documentary, at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tiebreaker paints an indelible portrait of college football’s most storied rivalry and reveals a forgotten moment in college football history that helped shape today’s game.
CHICAGO – With the Big Ten seeking its eighth straight national championship, BTN’s 2013-14 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, will be the most extensive in network history.
CHICAGO – BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2013 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts during the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
CHICAGO – With basketball season around the corner, BTN will cover the nation’s best basketball conference like no other network, with live coverage of media day, season-long pregame and postgame shows and studio and original programs, including the return of BTN’s Emmy-Nominated original series, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014.
CHICAGO – The show that gave fans an inside look at Big Ten student athletes like Denard Robinson as he finished his last season in Ann Arbor; Michael Mauti during Penn State’s Senior Day; and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, who explained why his high school principal remains a mentor, will once again bring fans along as it goes behind the scenes of Big Ten football.