Big Ten Network to stream more than 100 events at no charge for fans
Oct. 31, 2008
Chicago, Ill. - The Big Ten Network is launching a streaming initiative that will include more than 100 events this year and will nearly double the number of women's basketball games available to fans. The majority of games will be streamed with the assistance of the Big Ten universities through their in-arena video boards and accessing their local radio calls, and will be streamed live at BigTenNetwork.com at no cost to fans.
This season, the network is streaming all men's basketball exhibition games and any nonconference game that conflicts with other live programming on the network - a total of 37 games - while 107 games will be televised. Fifty-six women's basketball games will be streamed and, when combined with the 64 women's games that will be televised, the exposure for women's basketball is nearly doubled. Other sports that could be streamed this year include hockey, wrestling, baseball and softball.
President Mark Silverman said that with overflow channels only available during football season, the network has decided to stream the conflicted games and offer them free to fans. "Next year, we plan to significantly upgrade the quality of our streaming production through enhanced technology while offering more events online," he said.
The network is looking to eventually match the 400 live events currently planned to air on the network with an additional 400 streamed events that previously would not have been televised.
The first streamed game is a men's basketball exhibition contest Champaign Sunday, with Florida Southern taking on Illinois
The streaming schedules for basketball are listed below; the schedule of televised basketball games was announced earlier this fall and can be found at BigTenNetwork.com.
The link for the season for Illinois is: here
Illinois basketball games on BigTenNetwork.comNovember 2 men's basketball vs Florida Southern (exhibition)
November 9 men's basketball vs Lewis University (exhibition)
November 14 men's basketball vs Eastern Washington
November 16 men's basketball vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
November 23 women's basketball vs Temple
December 10 men's basketball vs Chicago State
December 22 women's basketball vs Purdue
January 8 women's basketball at Michigan
January 15 women's basketball vs Iowa
January 22 women's basketball at Ohio State
February 12 women's basketball vs Northwestern
February 22 women's basketball vs Penn State*
*tentative-may be televised by ESPN
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