CHICAGO – Coming off a season in which two Big Ten teams reached the Final Four and Wisconsin advanced to the National Championship Game, BTN’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule will feature more than 75 conference matchups. The slate includes five Big Ten Tournament games and nine straight 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. Big Ten Conference play on BTN tips off on Dec. 29 with a pair of games, as Purdue travels to Madison to take on Wisconsin
CHICAGO – Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp is the highest-rated August original programming in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data*. The Scarlet and Gray Days premiere on Aug. 19 set the BTN record, only to be eclipsed by the second episode which debuted Aug. 26 and saw a 19 percent increase in viewership. Episode three, the finale of Scarlet and Gray Days, airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Following the initial spike in viewers during episode one’s debut, college sports fans hungry for football in August continued to tune in. The repeat of Scarlet
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule. More than 107 men’s and women’s soccer games will be available on BTN Plus. The men’s squads from Michigan State (No. 9), Maryland (No. 13) and Indiana (No. 14) all reside among the preseason top 15, while the women’s teams at Penn State (No. 6), Wisconsin (No. 14) and Rutgers (No. 24) take their place in the preseason top 25. The first
CHICAGO – BTN kicks off its 2015 football coverage with the season debut of BTN Live on Monday, as the ninth annual football bus tour departs for all 14 Big Ten campuses. BTN Live, airing at 6 PM ET Monday through Friday and simulcast on select Fox Sports Radio affiliates, will include analysis and interviews from the various campuses over the duration of the bus tour. Complete tour details can be found on Facebook, Twitter and BTN.com. BTN Live throughout the month of August is presented by Culligan. Also included in BTN’s studio coverage this season is B1G Football and
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will debut an original program in August with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes series featuring the Ohio State Buckeyes training camp as they prepare for the 2015 football season. The in-depth, documentary style show will follow the reigning national champions over a portion of pre-season practice. One of the nation’s premier programs, Ohio State marches toward Week 1 at the forefront of the college football conversation. On the heels of defeating the Oregon Ducks in the first College Football Playoff National Championship Game, OSU will begin its title defense by seeking a win in their opening
CHICAGO – With a new format for Big Ten Football Media Days in 2015, BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage, more than double last year’s total. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head football coaches, as well as remarks Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. [ MORE: Which players are attending media days? See here! ] From 1 PM ET through 3 PM ET on Thursday, July 30, BTN will televise remarks from Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Tim Beckman (Illinois), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Randy Edsall (Maryland), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Kirk
CHICAGO – BTN is bringing Eddie George, Heisman Trophy winner and former Ohio State Buckeye and Tennessee Titans running back, to the 2015 BTN Big 10K, a 10K and 5K race set in Chicago July 25. George will be the Grand Marshal of the event. George will give a pep talk to runners before both the 10K and 5K races and also will present awards to the top finishers. At the post-race Big Ten tailgate party, George will be available for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities with fans. “Last year, the Big Ten showed we are the best in college football
Los Angeles and Chicago – Former college football All-American, four-time NFL Super Bowl champion linebacker and experienced broadcaster Matt Millen returns to the FOX Sports family of networks as the lead game analyst for the Big Ten Network, working alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Kugler. Additionally, he appears in FOX Sports 1’s Los Angeles studio as both a college football and NFL analyst for the original news programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE. A four-year letterman at defensive tackle for Penn State from 1976 to 1979, Millen was a member of Nittany Lions teams that posted a combined a 37-11
BTN is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May and will televise events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field.
BTN’s 2015 primetime football schedule will feature the conference’s 2014 West Division Champion Wisconsin Badgers, Cotton Bowl Champion Michigan State and Michigan in its first year under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.