Big Ten Network Debut

By Jason Grodsky

For the first time in conference history the Big Ten has developed a television station devoted completely to member schools’ athletics.

The Big Ten Network will make its debut on August 30 of this year, providing Big Ten students and fans a channel dedicated to covering both the athletic and academic content from Big Ten universities.

The new network will showcase a wide array of sports as well as original programming produced by the conference’s 11 schools. The network will be on 24 hours, 365 days a year and has agreements to be broadcasted on DirecTV and AT&T;’s U-verseSM service.

It will air more live events in HD than any other new network in television history and programming will include:

  • 35+ football games per season.
  • 105+ regular season men’s basketball games.
  • 55+ regular season women’s basketball games.
  • Big Ten championship events.
  • Archived Big Ten events, including bowl games.
  • 170+ Olympic sporting events.
  • Coaches’ shows.
  • 660 hours of campus programming.