Big Ten Network to Televise Eight Spring Championships in May
April 20, 2011
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network is the home for complete coverage of spring championships in May, televising Big Ten events in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Each of these events will be produced in high definition.
Broadcast coverage begins at 10 AM ET on Saturday, May 7, with the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament from the University of Michigan. The Big Ten Men’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by Wisconsin, is at 6 PM ET. The Ohio State men’s and Northwestern women’s teams look to defend their Big Ten crowns from a year ago. The Buckeyes captured their fifth-straight tournament championship, while the Wildcats improved their title count to a conference-best 12 consecutive to earn the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
The Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships will air at Noon ET on Saturday, May 14. Northwestern University will host this year’s event from Lake Shore Country Club. Purdue seeks its fourth-straight team crown and fifth-consecutive individual title after outlasting the field by 27 strokes in 2010 on the strength of Laura Gonzalez-Escallon’s tournament record 280 score.
At Noon ET on Sunday, May 22, the Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships hosted by Purdue University at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. Illinois will look to defend its titles from 2009 and 2010, while Northwestern senior David Lipsky aims to repeat as individual champion.
At 1 PM ET, the network will provide coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships from the University of Iowa. The Minnesota men’s team seek its first ever three-peat, while the Penn State women’s team is vying for its fourth-straight title.
At Noon ET on Saturday, May 28, the Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Rowing Championships from Eagle Creek in Indianapolis. The Badgers hope to defend their Big Ten crown after claiming their first conference title in 2010.
For the third straight year, the Big Ten Network will televise every game of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament live. The tournament will take place May 25-28, with a game on May 29 if necessary, at Huntington Park, home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Coverage begins with two opening-round games at Noon and approximately 3:30 PM ET on Wednesday, May 25. Minnesota won both the conference regular-season and tournament titles last year, earning the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship.
In the latest polls, the Big Ten has nationally ranked teams in the sports of men’s golf (No. 13 Illinois and No. 14 Iowa), women’s golf (No. 4 Purdue and No. 19 Michigan State), men’s tennis (No. 4 Ohio State, No. 18 Illinois, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 24 Indiana), women’s tennis (No. 10 Michigan and No. 17 Northwestern), men’s track and field (No. 15 Minnesota), and rowing (No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 14 Michigan).
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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 more than 600 events, all in HD, the 24/7 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. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams 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. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. 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, 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.
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