Big Ten Network Basketball Tour Launches at Indiana University This Weekend
Jan. 26, 2007
The Big Ten Network Basketball Tour will make its first stop in Bloomington this weekend for the Michigan-Indiana basketball game at Assembly Hall on Saturday at noon EST.
At halftime, the Big Ten Network Dunk Team will showcase its high-flying performance to fans. The Big Ten Network will also sponsor pop-a-shot games with prizes throughout the arena, free t-shirt throws throughout the game and free rally towels in the Indiana student section.
"The Big Ten Network Basketball Tour will provide an exciting experience for fans in attendance while increasing overall awareness of what the Big Ten Network is all about," said Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. "The Big Ten Network Basketball Tour is a great way to keep the network in the minds of Big Ten fans leading up to our August launch."
The Big Ten Network Basketball Tour will promote the upcoming 24-hour a day, 365-day a year television network that is dedicated exclusively to the Big Ten Conference and scheduled to launch this August.
"We are excited about the Big Ten's partnership with Fox Sports to form the Big Ten Network," Indiana University Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan said. "This broadcast opportunity will provide a tremendous promotional vehicle to showcase all the good things happening at Indiana University and share them with the entire nation."
The tour will visit all 11 Big Ten basketball arenas during select games throughout the 2007 season. The tour schedule includes:
February 3 - Indiana at Iowa, 1:05 pm CST
The Big Ten Network will carry many of the games and events previously available only through syndication, providing greater exposure for these and other Big Ten sports. The sports programming on the Big Ten Network and/or through alternative Big Ten Network platforms will include, but is not limited to:
35-plus football games, with each school having at least two games aired (at least one of which will be a conference game);
At least 105 regular-season men's basketball games;
At least 55 regular-season women's basketball games;
Big Ten championships and tournaments;
170 Olympic sporting events; and,
Coverage from the conference's vast library of historic sporting events, including bowl games.
The Big Ten Conference's compelling athletic competition positions the network as the go-to destination for Big Ten alumni and fans across the nation. In addition to traditional distribution through cable and satellite, select Big Ten Network content will also be available through alternative media platforms such as the Internet, iPods, cell phones and/or other emerging technologies.
The Big Ten Network, scheduled to launch in August 2007, is dedicated exclusively to the Big Ten Conference and will be the destination for Big Ten fans across the country. Operating 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, the Big Ten Network is majority-owned by the Big Ten Conference, while Fox holds a minority interest in the network. Showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports as well as original programming produced by the conference's 11 institutions, it will be available to all carriers and distributors nationwide. For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.bigten.org. For employment opportunities, interested candidates should submit resumes to email@example.com.