With the Big Ten seeking its 14th consecutive wrestling national championship, BTN will bring fans along for the ride with the most wrestling coverage in network history – a 40% increase from last season. BTN’s schedule begins with a non-conference matchup as No. 17 Virginia Tech heads to Columbus on Nov. 17 at noon ET to face the No. 4 Buckeyes and includes the Big Ten Championships, a Super Saturday dual between Rutgers and No. 7 Michigan from Madison Square Garden, a battle of last year’s top-two team finishers at the NCAA tournament in No. 1 Penn State and Ohio
Last Wednesday’s volleyball match between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Stanford was the most-watched volleyball match in Big Ten Network history, according to Nielsen. The rematch of last season’s national championship averaged 226,765 viewers, which eclipsed a mark previously set by the Nebraska vs. Minnesota match in October of 2018. In addition to the television broadcast, the FOX Sports app live stream brought in over 718,000 minutes of total consumption, which also broke a record for the most-watched BTN volleyball stream ever. Social media content supplemented the linear broadcast and live stream, with BTN’s on-campus program producing 55 pieces
Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, BTN will debut the first episode of The B1G Story, a documentary style program produced by the Emmy-nominated BTN Originals team. Throughout the year, The B1G Story will provide a contemporary look at compelling Big Ten stories of both past and present. Episode one, The B1G Story: Matt Millen, will take a closer look at a topic many Big Ten fans are familiar with. Millen, BTN’s lead football game analyst, was diagnosed with Amyloidosis in 2017 and subsequently underwent a lifesaving heart transplant in December of 2018. Amyloidosis had a drastic impact on Millen’s day-to-day
BTN today announced its 2019-20 television schedule for men’s and women’s basketball, with nearly 200 total games across the entire season. BTN will air at least 133 men’s basketball games, including 75 conference games and 10 Big Ten Tournament games, as well as at least 64 women’s basketball games, including four ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups alongside 12 conference tournament games. Men’s nonconference play begins with a doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Juwan Howard and Fred Hoiberg make their respective Big Ten coaching debuts as Michigan faces off against Appalachian State and Nebraska takes on UC-Riverside. The men’s schedule also
BTN today announced its 2019 fall sports schedule, which includes the most volleyball coverage in network history. Along with nearly 40 volleyball matches, the network will televise another 49 field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s soccer games. Additionally, BTN will debut the B1G Volleyball Report on Wednesday, Sept. 18, following a rematch of the 2018 national championship as No.1 Stanford takes on No. 2 Nebraska. The show will air throughout October following doubleheader matches on Wednesday nights with highlights and analysis from across the Big Ten Conference. “In capturing eight of the past 12 national championships, the Big Ten has
Ahead of Thursday’s kickoff to the 2019 Big Ten Football season, BTN today announced the first six sites for BTN Tailgate, the network’s travelling Saturday studio show. Now with expanded coverage across the entire season, BTN Tailgate will originate from a different Big Ten campus each week and begin at 10 a.m. ET leading into the first games of the day at noon ET. Saturday’s broadcast heads to Happy Valley as No. 15 Penn State hosts Idaho in its home opener. The following week on Sept. 7, BTN Tailgate will visit West Lafayette for a Big Ten – SEC matchup
The on-air lineup includes a mix of familiar faces and new personalities set to cover the 150th season of college football.
BTN has named Jack Brown as its new vice president of advertising sales. In his role, Brown will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the BTN sales team. Brown previously served as vice president of network and digital sales at NBCUniversal, where he managed a national sales team and led Telemundo’s advertising efforts which included properties such as the NFL, FIFA World Cup and the Olympics. Brown will report to BTN president François McGillicuddy. “Jack has a track record of developing effective strategies for revenue growth and building strong, creative partnerships,” said McGillicuddy. “We welcome him to
BTN today announced Carli Lloyd and Alyssa Naeher as the grand marshals of the 2019 BTN Big 10K. The recently crowed FIFA Women’s World Cup champions and graduates of Rutgers and Penn State will join thousands of Big Ten fans and runners on Sunday, Aug. 11, for 10K and 5K runs, as well as a massive tailgate party in Grant Park along Chicago’s picturesque lakefront. Lloyd and Naeher will deliver a pre-race pep talk to the runners, present awards for the top 10K and 5K finishers and be available for photos throughout the day. Runners of all ages can register
Ahead of the Big Ten Network’s 13th football season, BTN president François McGillicuddy today shared the network’s perspective on the 2019 season at Big Ten Football media days.