Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships in HD
Feb. 11, 2009
CHICAGO - The Big Ten Network will televise seven 2009 Big Ten Championships during a five-week span from March 1 through April 4. The championships schedule includes 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. All of these events will be produced in stunning high definition and both men's track & field and wrestling will showcase events being held on Penn State's campus.
"These events are the crowning moments for hundreds of dedicated Big Ten student-athletes and we're proud to put their achievements on a national stage for everyone to see," network president Mark Silverman said.
The coverage begins at noon ET on Saturday, February 28, at 8 p.m. with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships from the campus of the University of Michigan. The Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will appear at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 7, from West Lafayette, Ind.
Sunday, March 8, will be Championship Sunday on the Big Ten Network beginning with a live, three-hour presentation of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships beginning at 2 p.m. ET from University Park, Pa. At 7 p.m. ET, some of the nation's best athletes will be featured at the Big Ten Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State. Coverage continues at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, with the Big Ten Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships from Indiana University.
The Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships live at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 21, from the campus of the University of Illinois. The network will have live coverage of the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships on back-to-back nights at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, from Ann Arbor, Mich.
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. 2 Penn State, No. 3 Illinois, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Iowa), men's swimming and diving (No. 3 Michigan, No. 7 Indiana and No. 9 Ohio State), women's swimming and diving (No. 10 Minnesota), women's track and field (No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 Penn State), and wrestling (No. 1 Iowa, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 8 Minnesota and No. 9 Illinois).
The complete television schedule for the 2009 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.
Big Ten Network Winter Championships Schedule
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