Big Ten Fall Championships to Air on Big Ten Network in November
The Big Ten Network will once again provide coverage of all three Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2010 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
The Big Ten Network will be in Evanston, Ill. for the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 1 PM ET with the second game to follow approximately 30 minutes after the first on Friday, Nov. 5 The championship game will air live on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3 PM ET. Four Big Ten teams appear in the latest national poll, including No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 12 Michigan. The Buckeyes will be in the hunt for their second tournament title and first since 2001, while the Nittany Lions will try to extend their overall tally to a conference-best five tournament titles.
The Big Ten Network also will televise live the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament, hosted by Penn State University. Semifinal coverage will air live at 1 PM ET and approximately 3:30 PM ET on Friday, Nov. 12. The final will be carried live at noon ET on Sunday, Nov. 14. Michigan State is the Big Ten's top-ranked team at No. 23 nationally, but Ohio State has captured two of the last three tournament titles.
The network will offer delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships, at noon ET on Sunday, Nov. 21. The University of Wisconsin will host the event. The Big Ten has three nationally-ranked men's teams, featuring two in the top 10 with Wisconsin at No. 6 and Indiana at No. 7. On the women's side, five Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 30, paced by No. 16 Michigan State. The Badgers have won the last 11 Big Ten men's cross country titles, and will be seeking their 44th overall championship. The Spartans will be aiming for their third women's conference crown and first since 2001.
2010 Big Ten Fall Sports Championships/Tournaments on Big Ten Network
Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament
Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament
Big Ten Women's Cross Country Championships
Big Ten Men's Cross Country Championships
*The second semifinal game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal.
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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.com.