BTN Communications, May 6, 2015

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EVANSTON, IL - He?s been BTN?s lead studio host since the network launched in 2007 and in 2014 became a best-selling author with his book, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation. For those and other achievements, Dave Revsine has received a Northwestern University Alumni Merit Award.

Revsine is one of 10 Northwestern alumni honored April 25 during ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago before approximately 300 members of the university community. For more than eight decades, the Northwestern Alumni Association has honored alumni who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally and who have dedicated their time and service to Northwestern. This year?s award recipients, nominated by their respective colleges, earned acclaim in business, education, film and television, sports, law, literature, health care, philanthropy and the arts.

"As is the case for seemingly every Big Ten alum, my college experience continues to impact my life in numerous ways,? Revsine said. ?As a result, it was incredibly meaningful to me to be recognized by my alma mater and to share that honor with my family and a remarkable group of fellow award recipients. It was a truly memorable evening."

In 1991, Revsine graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, then spent the year after his graduation in Ireland on a Rotary scholarship. Already accepted at several top law schools, he had planned to enroll at one before deciding instead to pursue his true passion: sportscasting. As an undergraduate, Revsine had called Wildcats games on WNUR, the university?s student radio station. After returning from Ireland, he worked briefly in banking until he found a job as a sportscaster at a small TV station in Texas. Within three years, he had landed a job at ESPN, where he spent 11 years as an anchor and play-by-play announcer. In 2007, he returned to Chicago to help launch the Big Ten Network.

As lead studio host, Revsine appears on the network?s Emmy Award-winning football pregame show and serves as a play-by-play announcer for Big Ten men?s basketball games. In 2014, his book about the history of college football, The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation, became a New York Times and Boston Globe best-seller.

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