Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships
Feb. 14, 2008
CHICAGO- - The Big Ten Network will televise the 2008 Big Ten Championships in the sports of men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling during a six-week span from February 29 through April 5. All of these events will be produced in stunning high definition.
"These sports have tremendous followings, but have not received as much coverage as some other sports. So we're really pleased to bring fans these championship events," network President Mark Silverman said.
The coverage begins at 8 PM ET on Friday, February 29, with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships from the campus of Ohio State. The Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will appear at 8 PM ET on Thursday, March 6, from Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sunday, March 9, will be Championship Sunday on the Big Ten Network beginning with a live, three-hour presentation of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships at 3 PM ET from Minneapolis, Minn. At 8 PM ET, some of the nation's best athletes will be featured at the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin.
Coverage continues at 7 PM ET on Monday, March 10, with the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships from the University of Minnesota.
The network will televise three straight nights of Big Ten Gymnastics Championships beginning Thursday, April 3. The women's championships will air at 8 PM ET on Thursday from the campus of the University of Michigan. The men's championships will be carried live from State College, Pa., at 7 PM ET on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5.
Entering last weekend's action, the Big Ten had 37 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in Olympic sports programs for the winter season, including top-10 teams in men's gymnastics (No. 1 Penn State, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Minnesota and No. 10 Iowa), women's gymnastics (No. 5 Michigan), men's swimming and diving (No. 4 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana and No. 8 Minnesota), women's swimming and diving (No. 9 Minnesota), women's track and field (No. 6 Michigan), and wrestling (No. 1 Iowa, No. 4 Minnesota, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Illinois and No. 19 Penn State).
The complete television schedule for the 2008 Big Ten Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field and Wrestling Championships appears below, including information on whether the events will be televised live or on a delayed basis. For more information on the Big Ten Championships, go to www.bigten.org or www.BigTenNetwork.com.
The Big Ten Network launched August 30, 2007, and became the first new network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes in its first 30 days. The network is available through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric and nearly 200 other cable operators.
About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes' lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide approximately $94 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,400 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad- based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
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.