BTN Communications, August 29, 2017

As the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, BTN will embark on a multi-platform retrospective aimed at capturing the most iconic moments in network history. In addition to the debut of 11 shows set to take fans on a journey from the network?s launch through the end of the 2017 season, BTN will also present assorted content on digital and social platforms, including a wide array of 30-second vignettes presented by both Auto Owners Insurance and Quicken Loans.


  • BTN: Ten B1G Years Prelude will debut on Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. ET and go behind-the-scenes on the process of creating the network from scratch. Between August and November, 10 shows will follow that capture the most exciting plays, highlights, tournament runs and winning streaks from each academic year since BTN has been on the air. Additionally, two special episodes from The Journey will chronicle the most memorable stories and moment from the series? 100 plus episodes. The on-air lineup is as follows:
    • Wednesday, Aug, 30 5 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years Prelude
    • Wednesday, Aug. 30 6 p.m. ET - The Journey: The Moments
    • Monday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2007-2008
    • Monday, Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2008-2009
    • Monday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2009-2010
    • Monday, Sept. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2010-2011
    • Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. ET - The Journey: The Stories
    • Monday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2011-2012
    • Monday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2012-2013
    • Monday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2013-2014
    • Monday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2014-2015
    • Monday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2015-2016
    • Monday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. ET - BTN: Ten B1G Years 2016-2017

Custom Cakes by Dairy Queen

As part of the 10-year celebration, BTN partnered with artist Addison Foote and Dairy Queen to create 10 custom ice cream cakes featuring prominent Big Ten alumni and coordinated delivery with their NFL teams. The designs were inspired by local traditions and incorporate the athlete?s collegiate and professional backgrounds. Participating NFL teams include the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins. The first cake design, featuring Green Bay, is below.

Fans can follow @BigTenNetwork on Twitter as well as @bigtennetwork on Instagram to see the illustrations unveiled over the next two days.


10 Significant Moments in BTN History

  • Mark Silverman hired as president: December 2006
  • BTN launches first on-air broadcast: 30, 2007
  • The Journey: Debuts December 2007
  • Student U Program: Launches August 2009
  • BTN2Go: Launches in September 2011
    • (BTN Plus: October of 2014)
  • BTN Big 10K: First race held in July of 2012, draws 10,000+ runners
  • Highest viewership in BTN History: 10/10/15. Four top-18 football teams played in three games
  • BTN Tailgate on-site football pregame show: Debuts September 2016
  • Highest rated non-conference basketball game in history: December 2016, Indiana vs. Butler
  • Esports on BTN: First linear broadcast, April 2016 (PAX East in Boston)