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June 19, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. - The Big Ten Network is set to air some of Penn State's most outstanding moments on Thursday, June 20 with 21 consecutive hours of Nittany Lion programming.
The first of two scheduled Penn State Days this summer will highlight the men's basketball, field hockey, football and wrestling programs. Thursday's Penn State programming will begin at 9 a.m. and concludes Friday at 6 a.m. The Nittany Lions will also be featured on BTN on Thursday, July 11 with different programming.
Penn State Day kicks off at 9 a.m. with the football team's 37-30 victory over No. 9 Boston College in 1984 and will be followed by the field hockey team's 2-0 win against Michigan in the championship match of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
The Penn State wrestling team won its third consecutive Big Ten Championship this past March and the 2013 conference championship will air at 1 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The Nittany Lions would go on to capture their third straight NCAA Wrestling Championship.
A pair of thrilling 2012 Nittany Lion football games are scheduled to air Thursday, starting at 3:30 p.m. with the 39-28 comeback win over No. 24 Northwestern. Penn State's 24-21 Senior Day overtime victory over Wisconsin will air at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by an episode of The Journey, featuring 2012 first-team All-America linebacker Michael Mauti.
An episode of Big Ten's Greatest Games featuring the 2001 Nittany Lion basketball team's 82-74 victory over second-seeded North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament will air at 8 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., the Nittany Lions' thrilling 84-78 win over No. 4 Michigan this past February will air. Penn State rallied from a 15-point deficit with less than 11 minutes to play to post the victory.
BTN televised more than 110 Penn State events during 2012-13 season, in addition to coverage of 15 Big Ten Championships and institutional programming. Twenty-seven Penn State squads were featured amongst BTN's more than 800 events in 2012-13.
BTN is available to more than 80 million homes through agreements with more than 300 cable, satellite and telco providers in all 50 states and Canada. Adams and Blue Ridge Cable in Pennsylvania, though, do not carry the Big Ten Network. The network also is not available to Armstrong Cable customers in western Pennsylvania and the Medina and Youngstown, Ohio areas. A combined total of more than 35,000 Penn State alumni live in communities served by the three cable providers, in addition to thousands more fans and current Penn State students.
Multiple Penn State football games will air on BTN this fall, including the Sept. 7 contests vs. Eastern Michigan (12 p.m.) and the Sept. 14 primetime contest with UCF (6 p.m.).