Big Ten Network


  • Agreement: 20-year joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Ill.
  • Launched: August 30, 2007, 8 p.m. ET
  • Programming: Approximately 400 live events, original programming, historic footage and classic games; coaches' shows; up to 60 hours per year of original programming from each university.
  • Distribution: The Big Ten Network has signed national agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and 230 cable operators. Select content is distributed through alternative media platforms including the Internet, iPods, cell phones and other technologies.

The Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network provides unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities; and associated personalities. Sports programming includes live coverage of more events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The Big Ten Network reaches a national audience through distribution arrangements with approximately 230 cable and satellite companies.

Original Programming

The Big Ten Network goes beyond the games and gives fans more access to their teams than ever before.

Big Ten Tonight: Big Ten Tonight is the only nightly sports program dedicated to covering the Big Ten, setting it apart from all other sports highlight shows. Utilizing a studio on each campus, Big Ten Tonight includes interviews with coaches and players every evening. Big Ten Tonight is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans.

Big Ten Tip-Off Show: With years of experience on the court and on the sidelines, no one knows the Big Ten like our men's and women's basketball analysts. This 30-minute pre-game show provides the kind of inside information and in-depth analysis fans can't get anywhere else. During the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, the show hits the road for a live pre-game presence from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, with anchors providing coverage and analysis of all the action.

Big Ten Women's Show: Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Big Ten Women's Show is dedicated to showcasing the best of Big Ten women's athletics with highlights, previews, analysis and features. The Big Ten has been a pioneer in promoting and recognizing women's athletics, and the Big Ten Network continues that tradition, not just with this program but with the promise that the Big Ten Network will offer event equality on all its platforms within three years of its launch.

Big Ten Short Stories: For every touchdown pass, goal, dunk, spike, kick-save, pin or home run, there is an untold story about the people who made these memorable plays happen. Going behind the scenes and beyond the highlight reels, Big Ten Short Stories turns the spotlight on the people and places that make the Big Ten so special. Whether it's a feature on an amazing student-athlete, an iconic retired coach, or a fabled football stadium, this is the show tells the story. Check local listings for air dates and times. For video highlights of your Big Ten teams, human interest features on your favorite student-athletes and all the latest happenings in the Big Ten, log onto The network's online home also contains statistics, schedules and more.

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