BTN and ESPNU to Provide Coverage of 2016 Big Ten Football Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon

July 21, 2016

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today that BTN and ESPNU will continue to provide coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days and the 45th Annual Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW. The 2016 events are scheduled for Monday, July 25, and Tuesday, July 26, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

BTN and BTN2Go will provide more than 13 hours of live coverage at Big Ten Football Media Days in 2016. Coverage will include the press conferences of all 14 Big Ten head coaches, as well as remarks by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. From 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. ET on Monday, BTN will televise remarks from Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern), Darrell Hazell (Purdue), Chris Ash (Rutgers), James Franklin (Penn State), Tracy Claeys (Minnesota), Mike Riley (Nebraska) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan). Immediately afterward, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET, the coaches and their students will visit the BTN set at Media Days for BTN Live, alongside Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

Press conference coverage resumes at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, when Lovie Smith (Illinois), Kevin Wilson (Indiana), Mark Dantonio (Michigan State), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), DJ Durkin (Maryland), Kirk Ferentz (Iowa) and Urban Meyer (Ohio State) address the media. Delany follows the coaches, speaking at 11:20 a.m. ET. BTN Live will return for a second-consecutive day, once again providing live coverage of the coaches and their students visiting the set from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET.

For the 11th consecutive year, Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN network. ESPNU is scheduled to televise all 14 head coaches’ press conferences live or tape-delayed on both Monday and Tuesday as part of ESPNU’s College Football Media Days. In addition, Delany will appear on Tuesday as he addresses the assembled media. ESPN’s College Football Live will also provide coverage of media days, and coaches and players will appear across ESPN television and digital platforms.

The 2016 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW will take place on Tuesday at the McCormick Place Convention Center and BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

The event begins with the conference partnering with USA Football to put on a free Kickoff Luncheon Youth Clinic. From 8:30-10 a.m. CT, USA Football staff will lead approximately 120 boys and girls, kindergarten through eighth grade, through basic catching, passing, agility and defense drills.

A limited number of tickets remain available for $110 per seat or $1,100 per table (10 seats). Contact Davon Robb at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 163, or drobb@bigten.org to purchase tickets.

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference’s Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, more than 900 of the conference’s finest players, almost 80 head coaches and nearly 51,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.