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BTN/BTN2Go to air six prime-time football games

CHICAGO – BTN today announced it has selected six games to air in primetime this fall, with teams including the conference’s 2013 Big Ten Champion Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Big Ten newcomers Rutgers University and the University of Maryland. Nine of 14 Big Ten schools are part of the primetime selections, and five of the six games are conference contests. “This year’s selections reflect the expanded geography and nationwide appeal of the conference and the network,” said BTN President Mark Silverman, “and gives us our best primetime lineup ever.” The first selection features Penn State at Rutgers on

BTN to air seven Big Ten Winter Championships

CHICAGO – For the seventh consecutive year, BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics. Among BTN’s expert analysts for the upcoming Big Ten winter championships are three former Olympians, including gymnasts Shawn Johnson and John Roethlisberger, diver David Boudia and Rowdy Gaines, a World Champion swimmer. Coverage begins at 10:30 AM ET on Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships from Minnesota. The Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships will air at 10:30

'BTN LiveBIG' spotlights Michigan State programs

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Friday with stories about Michigan State’s investigative documentary, Spartans Will 360, and the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which brings African students to East Lansing. The episode will air at approximately Midnight ET Friday following Frozen Friday: Final Rush. This episode includes the 11-person film crew, which traveled the world to discover the story of Spartans making a difference. Traveling to four continents, 11 countries and 16 cities over a 10-week span, the crew learned the true nature of Michigan State’s global footprint. Also featured in the episode is the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which helps educate

'Live BIG' to feature mobile medical treatment in Kenya

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Wednesday with stories about a Wisconsin initiative that brings cost-effective basic healthcare to remote communities in Kenya and the research of a disease affecting the honeybee population. The episode will air at approximately 11:30 PM ET Wednesday following the Northwestern at Wisconsin men’s basketball game. The episode will also air at 12:30 PM ET on Thursday and at 1:45 PM ET on Saturday. This episode includes how Wisconsin Professor Dr. Araceli Alonso created Health by Motorbike, an initiative that delivers basic health education, services and equipment to women and children living in Kenya. Also featured in

'BTN LiveBIG’ to feature Purdue’s Parkinson’s Research

CHICAGO –BTN LiveBIG continues Wednesday with stories about Purdue’s initiative to help military veterans transition back into civilian life, a boxing gym for Parkinson’s patients and the creation of a new cost-efficient mode of transportation. The episode will air at approximately 11:30 PM ET Wednesday following the Purdue at Illinois men’s basketball game, the second game in the network’s Super Wednesday lineup. This episode gives viewers a look at a unique method Purdue researchers have discovered to help combat the debilitating effects of Parkinson’s disease. Through rigorous training at an Indianapolis boxing gym, Parkinson’s sufferers of all ages have successfully

BTN LiveBIG to join Suits and Sneakers Awareness

CHICAGO – As part of its pro-social initiative BTN LiveBIG, the Big Ten Network (BTN) will join the American Cancer Society in the support of Suits and Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend Jan. 24-26, when coaches wear sneakers with their suits during games to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. BTN is televising games at Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana and Nebraska that weekend and is working with the universities and the society to encourage students on each campus to wear suits and sneakers to the games. The university with the most students “suited up” will receive a $10,000 donation to the school’s

BTN Originals debuts 'The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014'

CHICAGO –BTN Originals will once again give Big Ten fans a view inside some of the most dynamic men’s basketball programs in the country this season with the debut of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2014. The series’ fifth season debuts at 9:30 PM ET Sunday following the Illinois at Northwestern men’s basketball game. “Once again, the Big Ten Conference features some of the top teams in the nation,” said BTN Originals Coordinating Producer Bill Friedman “and The Journey will have our cameras rolling to capture the most compelling stories and to take the viewer courtside and into the locker

BTN provides full bowl season coverage

BTN will air extensive coverage of the 2013-14 bowl season, including live reports from the historic 100th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. Seven Big Ten teams are competing in this year’s bowl season, including two in the BCS, marking the 15th straight year that six or more conference squads will take part in the postseason play. Up first is Minnesota, which heads to the Texas Bowl to take on Syracuse on Dec. 27, with BTN’s Sue Ann Robak on-site in Houston reporting from the sidelines. Michigan will face Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec.

BTN expands studio team of basketball analysts

CHICAGO – BTN will bolster its team of studio analysts to coincide with the start of conference basketball by adding former Maryland and Ohio State head coach Gary Williams and Hall of Fame sportswriters Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Mike DeCourcy, who returns for a third season. In total, BTN will televise 67 men’s conference basketball matchups, including nine straight weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, and four Big Ten Tournament games. All “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders will begin with the Auto Owner’s Insurance Big Ten Tip-Off Show, hosted by Dave Revsine alongside analyst Jim Jackson. BTN’s lineup

Get BTN football title game coverage details

BTN will provide extensive coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis this weekend, when No. 2 Ohio State takes on No. 10 Michigan State. Leading up to the action, BTN will air the Big Ten Football Championship team press conferences Friday from 3:30-4:30 PM ET.  Later, #BTNLive, with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Howard Griffith and Glen Mason, will air live from the Big Ten Fan Fest at 6 PM ET. Also, Mike Hall will host the Big Ten Football Report Championship Preview at 7 PM ET with analysts Brandon Williams, Jim Miller and Stanley Jackson. Game-day coverage begins live from