Big Ten Network Announces Fall Soccer Broadcast Schedule
Aug. 8, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Big Ten Network announced its fall 2012 soccer broadcast schedule, and the upcoming season will feature the BTN televising more soccer than ever before. At least 60 matchesare set to air on BTN, including for the first time each round of the Big Ten Men's and Women's Soccer Tournaments. Each BTN broadcast is also available on BTN2Go.
The soccer season on BTN begins on Friday, Aug. 24, when defending Big Ten Champion Penn State women host 2011 National Champion Stanford, while the men begin on Sunday, Sept. 23, with seven-time national champion Indiana at Ohio State.
The Michigan State men's and women's teams will appear live on BTN three times during the course of the 2012 regular season - the women's team makes its season television debut on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Minnesota. The Spartans' game against Iowa on Sept. 30 will be broadcast from DeMartin Stadium, while MSU's road tilt at Illinois on Thursday, Oct. 4 will air live at 8 p.m. ET.
MSU's men's team makes its first appearance on BTN on Sept. 30 when it hosts 2012 regular-season and Tournament champion Northwestern at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans play on Oct. 14 at Penn State (3 p.m.), and have a second home tilt televised a week later (Oct. 21) against Wisconsin.
BTN's live coverage of men's and women's soccer includes three doubleheaders and one tripleheader, as well as select matches scheduled on Thursday nights to provide more exposure for Big Ten soccer. BTN's Thursday night lineup begins with Ohio State hosting Penn State on Sept. 27, the first of four straight Thursday nights of women's soccer on BTN. Thursday night broadcasts conclude with men's soccer on Nov. 1, when defending Big Ten Champion Northwestern wraps up the regular season at Indiana.
BTN's soccer coverage also includes the BTN Soccer Report, a weekly web-only show hosted by Kevin Egan. Fans can also follow the entire season on Twitter @BTNSoccerReport, or by using hashtag #BTNSoccer.
Below is the complete schedule of matches scheduled for both BTN and BTN2Go. Additional matches will be scheduled during the season for delayed broadcast as part of the network's Student U initiative.
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