BTN Communications, October 25, 2011
CHICAGO - America?s favorite play-by-play announcer, Gus Johnson, returns for his fourth basketball season on BTN. Johnson is scheduled to call nearly 30 men?s basketball games this season, including the network?s four Big Ten Men?s Basketball Tournament games, plus bitter rivalries like Indiana-Purdue and marquee matchups such as Butler-Indiana. (Watch and rate Gus Johnson's 2010-11 BTN calls)
Johnson is scheduled to make an appearance on the vast majority of BTN Super Wednesday doubleheaders during the regular season. The Michigan native will once again team with Shon Morris during BTN telecasts of the Big Ten Men?s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis. The network will carry four tournament games for the first time as the tournament bracket expands to include Nebraska. BTN will televise the first two games on Thursday and both Friday night quarterfinals.
The Big Ten Digital Network will also provide free, live streaming coverage of Big Ten Basketball Media Day on Thursday. The conference?s men?s and women?s basketball coaches will address the media for 10 minutes each beginning at 9am ET. Fans can find the schedules for the press conferences and watch them live at http://video.btn.com.
In all, the network will televise 115 men?s basketball games this winter, including 68 conference matchups, four Big Ten Men?s Basketball Tournament games and non-conference contests.
During conference play, BTN will air Super Wednesday doubleheaders with additional games on most Tuesdays and Thursdays and frequent doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays.
On the women?s side, BTN will televise approximately 60 games, including 38 regular season conference matchups and 10 Big Ten Women?s Basketball Tournament games.
BTN returns some of the nation?s top women?s college basketball analysts including Debbie Antonelli, former Purdue All-American Stephanie White, former Ohio State All-American Katie Smith, former Wisconsin coaches Mary Murphy and Lisa Stone, former Hoosier assistant coach Vera Jones and former All-Big Ten player and WNBA analyst Patricia Babcock-McGraw.
The network will typically televise women?s basketball games on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays during conference play.
About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. Events include football, men?s and women?s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches? shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women?s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation?s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information, go to www.BTN.com.