One of the advantages of having your own network is being able to show what you want. MLB Network does this and so does the Big Ten Network. If you want to add basketball games, you can. If you want to show hockey games, you can. If you want to show spring football to fill spring programming, you can. So Big Ten Network is going to show six spring football games from its member schools plus add some studio shows to the equation.
Network to Produce 15+ Hours of Spring Football CoverageFive studio shows, six games to be televised in April
– The Big Ten Network will be the home for the best Big Ten spring football coverage anywhere, with studio shows twice each week beginning April 14 and telecasts of six Big Ten spring games. In all, the network will dedicate more than 15 hours to Big Ten spring football coverage. CHICAGOThe network will produce five episodes of Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report on Wednesday and Saturday nights from April 14 through April 28. Dave Revsinewill host the shows alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.“The Big Ten is coming off a strong bowl season and excitement is already building for 2010,” Big Ten Network President Mark Silvermansaid. “The Big Ten Network will offer fans the first and most in-depth look at their favorite teams.”DiNardo and Griffith, who have been visiting Big Ten campuses throughout the spring drills, will review spring practices during the first episode of Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report.Five Big Ten spring games will take place Saturday, April 17. The Michiganand games will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com in the afternoon and will air on the linear network at 8 PM ET and 11 PM ET, respectively. In addition, post-game interviews and highlights from the Wisconsin , Indiana and Purdue intra-squad scrimmages will air at 10 PM ET that night on the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report. IowaOn Wednesday, April 21, the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report will preview the upcoming NFL Draft, and will include interviews with many of the Big Ten’s projected draft picks.The remaining six Big Ten spring games will kick off on Saturday, April 24. The Big Ten Network will carry ’s men’s lacrosse game at 11 AM ET and its spring football game live at 1 PM ET. The network will air the telecast of Ohio State ’s spring game at 5 PM ET. Complete highlights, analysis and post-game reaction from those games as well as from the Penn State and Northwestern games will be part of the Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report at 10 PM ET. MinnesotaThe Illinoisand spring games will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com and will air on delay at 11 PM ET on Saturday and at 5 PM ET on Sunday, April 25, respectively. Michigan StateThe Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Report on Wednesday, April 28, wraps up the spring sessions on every campus and looks ahead to the 2010 season.