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April 8, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 8, 2008 - The Big Ten Network plans coverage of eight spring football games being held on April 19, including a live webcast and delayed telecast of Penn State's Blue-White Game.
The Blue-White Game will kick at 2:00 p.m. and will air on the Big Ten Network on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The contest can be heard live on the Penn State Sports Network and GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
As in previous years, there is no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game, which last year attracted a record crowd of 71,000.
College football fans will have a unique opportunity to get a first glimpse of 2008 Big Ten football squads at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 19, during the 3½ hour BIG TEN TONIGHT: SPRING FOOTBALL SHOWCASE presented by Jimmy John's. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will host the program from Chicago with live look-ins from that afternoon's eight spring games in the Big Ten.
The show will take fans to Beaver Stadium, as well games being played at Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin. At each stop, the Big Ten Network football analysts will give their early opinions on the 2008 season, break down important position battles and discuss which players could have breakout seasons.
Nittany Lion fans can also watch the Blue-White Game by logging onto to BigTenNetwork.com for a live web stream. The service will be provided free of charge by the Big Ten Network in conjunction with PlayON! Sports. Big Ten Network worked with PlayON! Sports last winter to stream 10 men's basketball games on BigTenNetwork.com.
Numerous events will be held in or around Beaver Stadium on April 18-19 to celebrate Penn State Football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players on Saturday at approximately 12:30 p.m., with the game at 2:00 p.m. A carnival and other activities for fans will begin Friday ay 6:00 p.m. and continue throughout Saturday in and around the stadium.
Penn State has won 31 of its last 40 games overall, with its victory total tied for eighth-best nationally over that span. During the past three seasons, the Nittany Lions have won the 2006 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2007 Outback Bowl and the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.
In his 43rd season as head coach, Joe Paterno welcomes back 35 letterwinners and 17 starters from last year's 9-4 team that defeated Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 33rd time under Paterno.
Last fall, the Big Ten Network became the first network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes within its first 30 days. The network is available through distribution agreements with DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric, D&E Communications and more than 240 other cable operators.
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 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.
About PlayON! Sports:
PlayON! Sports, a division of Turner Sports, is a broadband service that delivers live and on-demand webcasts of sporting events that can't be seen elsewhere. Utilizing the production and technical capabilities of Turner Broadcasting, PlayON! Sports provides its production and delivery technology to entities like the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACCSelect.com), the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASun.TV) and the United Soccer Leagues (USLlive.com). For more information, visit www.playonsports.tv.
Turner Sports, Inc., a Time Warner company, presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports' line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, PGATour.com and PGA.com.