Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships in HD



Feb. 9, 2011

CHICAGO - The Big Ten Network will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, beginning Feb. 26 with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The schedule also features men's swimming and diving, wrestling, men's and women's indoor track and field and men's and women's gymnastics.

The Big Ten Men's and Women's Gymnastics Championships and the second day of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live, and all seven championships will be produced in high definition.

Coverage begins at noon ET on Saturday, Feb. 26, with the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships from Indiana University.

The Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will air at 10 AM ET on Sunday, March 6, from Minneapolis. Later that afternoon, the second day of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live at 4 PM ET from the campus of Northwestern University.

The Big Ten Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships will air back-to-back, starting at 2 PM ET on Saturday, March 12. The University of Illinois will host the men's event with the women's event taking place in West Lafayette, Ind., to be televised at 4 PM ET.

The Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Women's Gymnastics Championships live at 3 PM ET on Saturday, March 19, from the University of Minnesota. The network will have live coverage of the Big Ten Men's Gymnastics Championships on consecutive nights at 8 PM ET on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, from Champaign, Ill.

The Big Ten currently has 40 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in Olympic sports programs for the winter season, including top-20 programs in men's gymnastics (No. 2 Illinois, No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Iowa), women's gymnastics (No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 16 Illinois, No. 17 Minnesota, No. 18 Penn State), men's swimming and diving (No. 11 Ohio State, No. T13 Indiana, No. T13 Michigan, No. 15 Minnesota), women's swimming and diving (No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana, No. 15 Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 19 Purdue), men's indoor track and field (No. 5 Indiana, No. 8 Penn State, No. 16 Ohio State), women's indoor track and field (No. 19 Penn State, No. 20 Indiana) and wrestling (No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Penn State, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 20 Illinois). The complete television schedule for the 2011 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. For more information on the Big Ten Championships, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com or www.bigten.org.

Big Ten Network Winter Championships Schedule:
(W) Swimming & Diving
Date: Wed-Sat, Feb 16-19
Host: Indiana
Air Date: Saturday, 2/26 - noon
Defending Champion: Indiana

(M) Swimming & Diving
Date: Wed-Sat, Feb 23-26
Host: Minnesota
Air Date: Sunday, 3/6 - 10 AM
Defending Champion: Ohio State

Wrestling
Date: Sat-Sun, Mar 5-6
Host: Northwestern
Air Date: Sunday, 3/6 LIVE - 4 PM
Defending Champion: Iowa

(M) Indoor Track & Field
Date: Sat-Sun, Feb 26-27
Host: Illinois
Air Date: Saturday, 3/12 - 2 PM
Defending Champion: Minnesota

(W) Indoor Track & Field
Date: Sat-Sun, Feb 26-27
Host: Purdue
Air Date: Saturday, 3/12 - 4 PM
Defending Champion: Penn State

(W) Gymnastics
Date: Sat, Mar 19
Host: Minnesota
Air Date: LIVE - 3 PM
Defending Champion: Michigan

(M) Gymnastics
Date: Fri, Apr 1 and Sat, Apr 2
Host: Illinois
Air Date: LIVE - 8 PM
Defending Champion: Illinois

About the Big Ten Conference:
The Big Ten Conference is an association of 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 in excess of $100 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 8,700 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, www.bigten.org.

About the Big Ten Network:
A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live sporting events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women's sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation's finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men's basketball games; 55 women's basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches' shows; and classic games. The network is available to more than 75 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha, Las Vegas and Northern Virginia), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.org.

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