INDIANAPOLIS, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Ten Conference Commissioner
Jim Delany and Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman were joined by
Indiana University Football Coach Bill Lynch and Purdue University Women's
Volleyball Coach Dave Shondell today to support the launch of the Big Ten
Network and discuss its importance to Indiana citizens, to Indiana and
Purdue Universities and to Big Ten fans across the country.
"I am really looking forward to the upcoming season for a number of
reasons. One reason is this is the first year our games will be broadcast
on the Big Ten Network, so our fans will be able to see the Hoosiers
anytime and anywhere," Lynch said.
Launching Aug. 30, the Big Ten Network is the nation's first major
college sports network in the country dedicated to showcasing Big Ten
athletics. This season, it will feature more than 35 football games, more
than 105 men's basketball games and more than 55 women's basketball games,
with most in high- definition (HD). In addition to its 24-hour standard and
HD channels, the Big Ten Network will also offer distributors a dynamic
video-on-demand programming service and a rich broadband video package for
their high-speed Internet customers, all for a fee in the eight-state Big
Ten region that is one-third the cost of most regional sports networks.
The Big Ten Network will also air more women's sports than ever before.
The network has committed to airing an equal number of men and women's
events across all platforms within three years.
"What the Big Ten Network is doing is historic," Purdue's Shondell
said. "For the first time women's sports will be featured side-by-side with
the men's teams and have a place to call home. In addition, the Big Ten
Network is giving all of our sports and student-athletes more exposure,
which will in turn help us attract better athletes for every sport."
The network officially launches in prime time at 7 p.m. Central on
Thursday, Aug. 30th, with the evening also marking the inaugural telecast
of Big Ten Tonight, the network's signature studio-based news, information
and highlight show. The official launch comes two days before the kick-off
of the 2007 Big Ten college football season.
"The Big Ten Network is a great opportunity for both Indiana University
and Purdue University because games will be broadcast not only across the
state and the Midwest but nationally. From athletic competition to
scholastic achievement, to the institutional values of our universities,
the Big Ten Network is committed to highlighting the very best of Indiana
and the Midwest," Silverman said.
In addition to football and basketball, the Big Ten Network will show
more than 170 other NCAA championship sporting events, a nightly studio
show and weekly coaches' shows and behind-the-scenes profiles of athletes,
faculty and alumni. But the value of the Big Ten resonates beyond the
"The Big Ten is more than a series of isolated athletic events," Delany
said. "It's a collection of premier institutions whose devotion to
excellence unites this entire region. The Big Ten Network is the first
network of its kind and its programming will positively enhance the
traditions and culture that Big Ten alumni and sports fans around the
country have honored for years."
The network will feature more than 600 hours of programming produced by
the Big Ten member universities and their students, showcasing academic
breakthroughs, honored alumni and current students, renowned faculty, and
the academic rigor of some of the nation's most prestigious medical, law,
liberal arts and other professional programs. The universities will have
the opportunity to showcase content that best represents their campus
achievements and way of life.
With more than 75 deals signed with cable operators in the eight Big
Ten states, the network is working hard to ensure its broad distribution
throughout the Midwest to realize the greatest academic, entertainment and
economic benefits for the entire Big Ten region. Silverman said the
agreements, all of which call for the network to be carried on the expanded
basic level of service, indicate the network's broad appeal. "As we
continue discussions with the largest national cable system operators,
we're pleased to know that so many of these Midwestern communities will
have the network available to them on expanded basic," he said.
About the Big Ten Network: Launching Aug. 30, the Big Ten Network is
dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member
institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide 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 will include live coverage of more major
men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and
analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus
programming. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers
and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in
stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint
venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable
Networks. For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit
SOURCE Big Ten Network