Big Ten Network To Offer Free Preview Tonight Via Internet

Oct. 12, 2007

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At 9:30 p.m. Friday night, will provide a live video stream simulcast of Big Ten Network's 90-minute program, Big Ten Tonight: Basketball Tip-Off Edition, at no charge to viewers. Highlights from the program will also be archived on for fans to enjoy at a later date.

The special edition of Big Ten Tonight will feature live coverage from Illinois' "Illini Madness," "Hoosier Hysteria" at Indiana, Michigan State's "Midnight Madness," "Tubby's Tipoff" at Minnesota and Wisconsin's "Night of the Grateful Red."

Dave Revsine will anchor the show from Big Ten Network studios in Chicago. On-site reporters will provide live look-ins from Champaign, Bloomington, East Lansing, Minneapolis and Madison for team introductions, three-point and dunk contests, and the pep bands, and all the hype and hoopla that come with a new basketball season.

Reporters will conduct live interviews with selected Big Ten players and coaches Bruce Weber of Illinois, Kelvin Sampson of Indiana, Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Tubby Smith of Minnesota and Bo Ryan of Wisconsin.

The Big Ten Network currently has national distribution agreements with DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse and more than 150 cable companies across the country, including Wide Open West, Insight, RCN and Buckeye Cable.