Big Ten Network to Televise Eight Spring Championships



April 22, 2008

May is the month for championships on the Big Ten Network.  The 2008 Big Ten Championships and Tournaments in the sports of baseball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field will be televised between May 4 and May 24. All of these championship events will be produced in stunning high definition.

"The Big Ten traditionally has very strong Olympic sport programs and this year is no exception," Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. "We're tremendously proud to cover these events in greater depth than ever before and we know fans will enjoy watching their favorite teams compete for championships."

The broadcast begins at 4 PM ET on Sunday, May 4, with coverage of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship from the campus of Purdue. The Big Ten Men's Tennis Championship, hosted by Iowa, will appear at 8 PM ET on Wednesday, May 7.

The network will present extensive live coverage of the Big Ten Softball Tournament beginning Friday, May 9.  The final five games of the tournament will be televised, including two quarterfinals, both semifinals and the championship game at 1 PM local time on Saturday, May 10. 

The Big Ten Network will air consecutive nights of Big Ten Golf Championships coverage beginning with the women's event at 9 PM ET on Tuesday, May 13.  The men's championships will air at 9 PM ET on Wednesday, May 14.

The Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, from the Illinois campus, will air at 8 PM ET on Thursday, May 22.

The spring championship season wraps up with the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The last five games of the tournament, and a sixth, if necessary, will be carried by the Big Ten Network.  The Big Ten Network begins its live coverage on Friday, May 23.  The championship game is slated for Saturday, May 24, at a time to be determined.

Entering this week's action, each Big Ten university has at least one spring Olympic sports team nationally ranked in the top 25.  Overall, the Big Ten has 16 nationally ranked teams in the sports of baseball (No. 19 Michigan), men's golf (No. 24 Michigan State and No. 25 Indiana), women's golf (No. 6 Purdue and No. 16 Michigan State), softball (No. 6 Michigan, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 25 Iowa), men's tennis (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 Illinois and No. 17 Michigan), women's tennis (No. 1 Northwestern and No. 23 Michigan), men's track and field (No. 14 Wisconsin) and women's track and field (No. 10 Penn State, No. 12 Michigan and No. 23 Minnesota).

The complete television schedule for the 2008 Big Ten Spring Championships and Tournaments appears below, including information on whether the events will be televised live or on a delayed basis. For more information on these events, go to www.bigten.org or www.BigTenNetwork.com.

Big Ten Network Spring Championships and Tournaments Schedule:

Sport

Dates

Site

Air Date and Time (ET)

Defending Champion

(W) Tennis

Apr 24-27

Purdue

Sunday, 5/4 - 4:00pm

Northwestern

(M) Tennis

Apr 24-27

Iowa

Wednesday, 5/7 - 8:00pm

Ohio State

Softball

May 8-10

TBA

Games 3-7 - LIVE

Ohio State

(W) Golf

Apr 25-27

Penn State

Tuesday, 5/13 - 9:00pm

Michigan State

(M) Golf

Apr 25-27

Michigan State

Wednesday, 5/14 - 9:00pm

Michigan State/Minnesota

(M&W) Track and Field

May 16-18

Illinois

Thursday, 5/22 - 8:00pm

Men: Wisconsin

Women: Illinois/Michigan

Baseball

May 21-25

TBA

Games 6-11 - LIVE

Ohio State


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