Big Ten Network Announces Women's Basketball TV Schedule
Oct. 3, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team will appear on the Big Ten Network eight times during the upcoming 2007-08 regular season, conference and network officials announced on Wednesday. The Spartans make their Big Ten Network debut on Nov. 29 vs. Clemson as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, followed by a non-conference showdown with two-time defending Big 12 Champion Oklahoma on Dec. 16. During the Big Ten season, MSU will be televised on the Big Ten Network for home games against Ohio State (Dec. 30), Iowa (Jan. 10) and Purdue (Feb. 11), and road contests at Michigan (Jan. 13), Minnesota (Jan. 27) and Penn State (Feb. 17). Overall, the Spartans will have 10 regular-season games on television. The home Penn State game on Jan. 5 will be nationally-televised on CBS and the road game at Purdue on Feb. 24 will air on ESPN2. The Big Ten also released game times for the entire conference schedule.
At least 64 regular-season Big Ten games will be televised nationally or regionally, while every game of the 2008 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament will reach a national television audience. The Big Ten Network will televise 55 regular-season contests, nationally airing more regular-season women's basketball games than any other network. The Big Ten Network will typically televise games on Mondays, Thursdays and Sunday doubleheaders when the conference season begins in late December. Additionally, nine matchups showcasing Big Ten teams are set to air on CBS, ESPN2, ESPNU and Fox Sports Net.
"When it comes to providing a national spotlight for women's sports, the Big Ten leads the way," network president Mark Silverman said. "The Big Ten Network is the platform from which these young women can become heroes and role models for future generations."
Each Big Ten team will make at least seven regular season appearances on the Big Ten Network. The schedule tips off Sunday, Nov. 11 as Penn State hosts in-state rival Pittsburgh. The network will televise four games of the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The 2007-08 women's basketball season tips off on Friday, Nov. 9 with seven of the conference's 11 teams in action, including Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Penn State at home.
The Big Ten conference schedule opens on Thursday, Dec. 27 with an in-state showdown as Illinois battles Northwestern in Evanston at 7 p.m. CT on the Big Ten Network. The 2007-08 season marks the first time since 1993-94 that each Big Ten team will play an 18-game conference schedule. In all, more conference action will be televised than ever before as 43 of the 99 Big Ten matchups will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network, CBS or ESPN2.
About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network, dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions, launched August 30, 2007. The 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 major men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced campus programming. The network is available to all cable companies, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks. For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit www.BigTenNetwork.com.
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