First words ever spoken on the Big Ten Network:
“Eleven schools, 252 varsity teams, one great network to cover it all. Welcome to the Big Ten Network, your ultimate source for Big Ten sports, featuring the games, passion and tradition of the nation’s foremost athletic conference.” – Dave Revsine, August 30, 2007
About the Big Ten Network
The Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network provides unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming includes live coverage of more events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. The Big Ten Network reaches a national audience through distribution arrangements with approximately 240 cable and satellite companies.
Agreement: 20-Year joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.
Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
Launch date/time: August 30, 2007, 8 PM ET
Sports televised: Football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and other NCAA-sponsored sports
In its “freshman season,” the Big Ten Network televised more than 400 live events, plus hundreds of hours of original programming, classic games, coaches’ shows and campus programming. Virtually all of the network’s live event programming is available in high definition.
Live Events Specific to Basketball
• Through the creation of the Big Ten Network, every home Big Ten basketball game is produced
• Each Big Ten men's basketball team makes approximately 10-20 appearances a season on the Big Ten Network
• The network televises approximately 60-65 in-conference match-ups, plus selected Big Ten Tournament contests, and virtually all of those games are produced in high definition
• The network streams a select number of non-conference and exhibition games live on www.BigTenNetwork.com
• The network has a set on-site at the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, with anchors providing coverage and analysis of all the action
• The network employs some of the top hosts, announcers and men’s basketball analysts in the country, many with Big Ten and/or Midwest ties, including Northwestern graduate Dave Revsine, former Ohio State guard Jim Jackson, former Purdue coach Gene Keady, former Northwestern guard Tim Doyle, former Northwestern forward Shon Morris, former Michigan State guard Steve Smith, former Indiana coach Dan Dakich, former Illinois guard Kendall Gill, long-time Big Ten play-by-play announcers Wayne Larrivee and Tom Hamilton and many more.