Big Ten Network to Air Seven Winter Championships in HD

The Big Ten currently has 34 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in Olympic sports programs for the winter season.

The Big Ten currently has 34 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in Olympic sports programs for the winter season.

Feb. 11, 2010

The Big Ten Network will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, starting Feb. 26 with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The schedule also includes wrestling, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Championships and the Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live, and all seven of these events will be produced in high definition.

Coverage begins at 8 PM ET on Friday, Feb. 26, with the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from the campus of Purdue University.

The Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships will appear at noon ET on Sunday, March 7, from Columbus, Ohio. The Big Ten Wrestling Championships will be carried live at 2 PM ET from Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships will air back-to-back, starting at 7 PM ET on Tuesday, March 9.

The Big Ten Network will televise the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships live at 2 PM ET on Saturday, March 27, from the campus of The Ohio State University.  The network will have live coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships on consecutive nights at 7 PM ET on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, from Columbus, Ohio.

The Big Ten currently has 34 teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in Olympic sports programs for the winter season, including top-15 programs in men’s gymnastics (No. 1 Michigan, No. 2 Illinois, No. 5 Penn State, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Iowa), women’s gymnastics (No. 13 Michigan, No. 15 Penn State), men’s swimming and diving (No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Minnesota), women’s swimming and diving (No. 10 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana), men’s indoor track and field (No. 13 Indiana, No. 15 Penn State), women’s indoor track and field (No. 9 Penn State) and wrestling (No. 1 Iowa, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Minnesota, No. 10 Penn State, No. 13 Indiana, No. 15 Wisconsin).

The complete television schedule for the 2010 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field and Wrestling Championships appears below, including information on whether the events will be televised live or on a delayed basis. For more information on the Big Ten Championships, go to www.bigten.org or www.BigTenNetwork.com.


Sport Days Dates Site Air Date and Time (ET) Defending Champion
Women's Swimming & Diving Wed.-Sat. Feb. 17-20 Purdue Friday, 2/26 - 8 p.m. Indiana
Men's Swimming & Diving Wed.-Sat. Feb. 24-27 Ohio State Sunday, 3/7 - Noon Michigan
Wrestling Sat.-Sun. March 6-7 Michigan Sunday, 3/7 - LIVE - 2 p.m. Iowa
Women's Indoor Track & Field Sat.-Sun. Feb. 27-28 Penn State Tuesday, 3/9 - 7 p.m. Minnesota
Men's Indoor Track & Field Sat.-Sun. Feb. 27-28 Minnesota Tuesday, 3/9 - 9 p.m. Minnesota
Women's Gymnastics Sat March 27 Ohio State LIVE - 2 p.m. Michigan
Men's Gymnastics Fri-Sat April 2-3 Ohio State LIVE - 7 p.m. Illinois/Michigan (tie)


About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $100 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 8,500 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

About the Big Ten Network: 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 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. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Omaha), 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.