Big Ten Network Fact Sheet

  • Agreement: 20-Year Partnership between Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
  • Ownership: Big Ten Conference majority owner; Fox Cable Networks minority owner
  • Launch date: August 2007
  • Sports televised: Football; men's basketball; women's basketball; Olympic sports
  • Other programming: Historic footage and games; coaches' shows; up to 60 hours per year of original programming from each institution
  • Distribution: Available nationwide to all cable and satellite distributors on basic tiers; DIRECTV has signed on as first affiliate and will deliver the Network at launch to subscribers of its Total Choice package; Select content will be distributed through alternative media platforms including the Internet, iPods, cell phones and other emerging technologies
Big Ten Network Programming
  • Greater exposure to Big Ten sports
  • Big Ten championships events
  • 660 hours per year of institutional programming
  • Coverage from the conference's vast library of historic sporting events, including bowl games
  • 35+ football games per season
  • Each school will have at least two games aired (at least one of which will be a conference game)
Men's basketball
  • At least 105 regular-season games
  • Three Big Ten Tournament games
Women's basketball
  • At least 55 regular-season games
  • Nine Big Ten Tournament games

170 Olympic sporting events

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