Extra Points

Extra Points

"Extra Points" is an exclusive look at the television network dedicated to covering your favorite schools from one of America’s premier collegiate conferences -- the Big Ten! Get the scoop on the latest news and happenings at the Big Ten Network directly from the BTN Communications team.

BTN, Big Ten celebrate at NYC party

BTN threw an exclusive party at Cipriani in New York Thursday for 1,000 alumni and friends of the Big Ten that featured some of the conference’s best-known celebrities along with mascots and cheerleaders.

Read More »

Thinking B1G in New York City

Monday was a great day in New York. First, the weather was spectacular. Anyone who has been breathing for the past eight months knows what a terrible winter – and cold, wet spring – it has been in both the Midwest and Northeast.

Read More »

Strategy behind BTN's prime-time selections

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.

Read More »

BTN joins Badgers at Final Four

Tomorrow morning, I’ll zip my suitcase, grab my bags and head to the airport. For the next few days, Dallas is my home and AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium is my office.

Read More »

PSU honors late punter with Team Ream Day

On Sunday, when the Nittany Lions men’s basketball team hosts Wisconsin, Penn State will honor Brandon Ream, a former Penn State punter and one of the most beloved student athletes from Centre County who passed away in November at the age of 29 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Read More »

Bringing Big Ten Alums in Chicago Together

This week BTN hosted an event for representatives from the Chicago Big Ten alumni chapters at Farmhouse, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I thought it would be a perfect spot for a Big Ten get together, not only because of the delicious food, but because everything served is from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. You could say Farmhouse cooks up some major Big Ten flavor!

Read More »

Big Ten Fans – Show Off Your School Colors

Registration opened Wednesday for the third-annual BTN Big 10K. It is one of the most exciting races in the city that brings together Big Ten fans, alumni and current students. The event is a celebration of the Big Ten community, as well as the upcoming Big Ten football season.

Read More »

Olympian Shawn Johnson joins BTN Team

On Friday, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson made her BTN debut as the analyst for the Illinois women’s gymnastics meet vs. Iowa. Johnson, born and raised in Des Moines, IA, took the nation by storm during the 2008 Summer Olympics when she captured four medals, including gold on the balance beam. Six years have passed since returning from Beijing, but Johnson has never stepped out of the limelight. Now Johnson begins this exciting new chapter in her life as a BTN analyst, in which she will be on the call for a number of upcoming meets and the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships on March 22.

Read More »

BTN “Suits Up” to Help Fight Cancer

BTN is getting fancy this weekend as we join forces with the American Cancer Society in support of Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend. All weekend long, coaches from all over the country will wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. This year, we’re asking the students to join in.

Read More »

Winter Storm Janus Stops Travel, 'Law of Gus'

We were all looking forward to Gus Johnson calling tonight’s first “Super Wednesday” game featuring Iowa at Michigan – fully expecting the “Law of Gus” to ensure an exciting finish. Call it a casualty of Winter Storm Janus or the Polar Vortex – we’re sad to report that Gus won’t be able to make it. Myriad flights from New York to Detroit were canceled, along with thousands others across the country in the wake of the storm, which so far has dumped nearly a foot of snow in New York City alone. Simply put, Gus wasn’t able to get here from there.

Read More »

BTN celebrates life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, the nation celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To commemorate the holiday, BTN will air a special edition of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET that pays tribute to the civil rights leader with a series of remembrances and interviews with key Big Ten leaders. Hosted by Rick Pizzo and Stephen Bardo, the show will include interviews with Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith and Penn State Women’s Basketball Coach Coquese Washington.

Read More »

2014 Hockey City Classic - Gophers vs. Buckeyes

Tonight’s B1G hockey coverage begins at 6 PM ET with Frozen Friday: Face-Off, hosted by BTN’s Rick Pizzo and analyst Paul Caponigri. At 6:30 PM ET, Michigan State hosts Penn State, followed by Gophers vs. Buckeyes at 9 PM ET in the 2014 Hockey City Classic. The night concludes with Frozen Friday: Final Rush at approximately 11:30 PM ET

Read More »

Find out more about:

Frozen Friday is Here: Face-Off with Rick Pizzo

Tonight marks the start of Frozen Fridays, our B1G hockey doubleheaders that run for eight straight weeks. We begin at 6 PM ET with Frozen Friday: Face-Off, hosted by BTN’s Rick Pizzo and hockey analyst Paul Caponigri, followed by Michigan State at Ohio State and Michigan at Wisconsin. The night concludes with Frozen Friday: Final Rush at approximately 11:30 PM ET.

Read More »

Find out more about:

BTN Brings Holiday Cheer to Chicago Children’s Hospital

BTN visited Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Wednesday afternoon to bring some holiday cheer to the patients and their families. BTN’s on-air personalities Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith, Shon Morris and Lisa Byington, along with BTN Vice President, Marketing Erin Harvego, were all on hand playing games, creating holiday crafts and spending time with the children.

Read More »

'The Journey' Caps Off Another Great Season

Over the past few months I’ve had the chance to work closely with the team of producers, editors and camera crew responsible for making The Journey the amazing show it is.

Read More »