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Indiana And Purdue Coaches Announce Support For Big Ten Network

Indiana Football Coach Bill Lynch, Purdue Women's Volleyball Coach Dave

Shondell Join Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and Big Ten Network President

Mark Silverman at Indianapolis news conference



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    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
 athletic fields.
     "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
 www.BigTenNetwork.com .
 
 

SOURCE Big Ten Network

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