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Big Ten Network kicks off coverage, means more Gopher sports on television

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If you live and breathe Big Ten sports; if you know all of the schools' colors and mascots, not just Goldy Gopher; even if you just like to cheer against Wisconsin and Iowa at every available opportunity; there's a new broadcast network for you.

If you live and breathe Big Ten sports; if you know all of the schools' colors and mascots, not just Goldy Gopher; even if you just like to cheer against Wisconsin and Iowa at every available opportunity; there's a new broadcast network for you.

The Big Ten Network (BTN) -- a first-of-its-kind partnership between the eleven Big Ten universities and a major television provider -- launched this week, giving conference supporters unprecedented access to Big Ten sporting events. BTN will make conference sports programs available to more than seventeen million viewers nationwide.

"The new Big Ten Channel will result in higher visibility for Gopher athletics and the entire University of Minnesota both in our state and nationally," said Athletics Director Joel Maturi.

All Minnesota football games will have a broadcast home this year. Since the 2001 season, a total of nineteen Gopher football games were either not available on ABC, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2, or were not available at all. The network will also offer increased access to sports that typically have not received much airtime. Coverage will be provided for sports such as baseball, soccer, gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling.

There will be a dramatic increase in the amount of televised women's sports. More than sixty Big Ten women's basketball games will be broadcast this coming year, doubling the previous average. Within one year, women's sports will comprise half the network's sports programming.

Overall, more than sixty Gopher games and events will be aired on the BTN this season.

In addition to sports coverage, the Big Ten Network will provide each university with opportunities to showcase academic accomplishments, honored alumni, current students and renowned faculty. The BTN will also provide student internships at each school.

The BTN will be available at launch time nationwide via DIRECTV and through local cable companies Hiawatha Broadband and Ace Communications, which serve southeast Minnesota. For information about the BTN visit Big Ten Network at www.bigtennetwork.com.

The goal of the Big Ten Conference is to have the network available to everyone who wants it, and the University is hopeful that agreements will be reached with other cable providers soon. In the meantime, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association will be working with its chapters to facilitate viewing parties and other activities to help fans watch or attend Gopher sports events.

 

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