Both teams are part of the Big Ten Conference. Comcast viewers who live in states with colleges that are watch michigan football xfinity of the Big Ten Conference — which include Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland — can still watch the college-sports network on their Xfinity TV package. But millions of Comcast subscribers in New England, the West Coast and Southern states will be out of luck as the pay-TV industry deals with huge costs for live sports in an era of low-cost streaming services. ESPN has been shedding millions of subscribers as people seek out "skinny bundles" without the hour sports channel and the Pac Networks that airs colleges games in the Pac Conference in the Western United States has been struggling financially.
History[ edit ] The network's foundation traces back to , following negotiations between the Big Ten and ESPN on an extension of the conference's broadcast contract with the network. With three years remaining in the existing deal, the conference sought a significant increase in rights fees.
The network was positioned to be the first ever cable channel dedicated to a single collegiate conference. Original logo used from to The network aired its first live telecasts two days later on September 1, which included a football game between Appalachian State and Michigan — the game gained national attention for its upset victory; being the first win by a Division I FCS team over a ranked Division I FBS team since Division I was split into two subdivisions by the NCAA in The new network suffered from limited carriage on its launch, as it was only carried by two major television providers.
By the following year, the network had reached its goal to attain carriage on the "extended basic" tiers of cable providers in all Big Ten markets.
Other reporters and analysts appear depending on the sport being discussed. Big Ten Football Saturday — a program airing Saturdays with pre-game, halftime and post-game editions during the college football season, which features discussions and highlights of the day's games. Big Ten Tailgate — originally titled Friday Night Tailgate, it is a Friday night program that takes a lighthearted and irreverent look at campus life surrounding the weekend of a Big Ten football game.
The Big Ten's Greatest Games — a showcase of classic football and basketball games, with editing of some non-essential game action out to fit time constraints.
The Big Ten Women's Show — an hour-long Monday night program covering women's sports throughout the conference. The Big Ten's Best — a weekly countdown show with lists of the top 10 Big Ten teams or players in a certain category, such as "best running backs of the s" or "best quarterbacks of the s"; hosted by Charissa Thompson.
Various coach's shows University Showcase — a program block of non-sports campus produced programs; each school has equal time.
Student U — Game broadcasts produced by university broadcast departments involving students controlling production and play-by-play which are usually seen only on closed-circuit campus cable networks. Big Ten Football: Behind the Schemes — airing Thursday nights, it is a breakdown featuring the network's resident head coach analysts, analyzing footage of the previous week's games and putting together game plans for games being held that week.
Big Ten Icons — a series highlighting a Big Ten athlete from a wide range of sports and history. The Journey: Big Ten Basketball — a Sunday night documentary-style series following multiple teams each week throughout the conference's week basketball season.
Football[ edit ] Big Ten Network holds national broadcast rights to all of the conference's home football games and televises approximately football games each season. Each team is guaranteed to appear a minimum of two times annually on the network, one of which must be a conference game.
Basketball[ edit ] The network holds national television rights to all men's basketball conference home games; all non-conference and exhibition games are either televised or streamed on bigtennetwork.
Each of the conference's men's basketball teams appear on the network approximately times a season; it carries approximately in-conference match-ups, as well as select tournament contests.
Big Ten Network also televises approximately regular season women's basketball games annually, along with approximately nine Big Ten Basketball Tournament games. Each Big Ten team appears on the network approximately 8 to 10 times during the season.
The network streams dozens of games live on its website, giving Big Ten women's basketball the most exposure of any conference in the country. The network maintains a set on-site during the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments in Indianapolis , Indiana with anchors providing coverage and analysis of each day's game action during the event.
Other sports[ edit ] A Big Ten Network camera operator at work during a field hockey game Big Ten Network televises approximately 25 of the conference's baseball games each spring, with each team making approximately 5 to 8 appearances annually.
In , the network televised the entirety of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. In the season, Big Ten Network expanded its coverage of college ice hockey due to the Big Ten Conference beginning to officially sponsor the sport, broadcasting 27 games as well as the Big Ten tournament , and adding associated studio programs.
Michael Sherman, head of Riot's collegiate competitions, stated that "there was actually a student group at Penn State that was looking to run a Big Ten Tournament, and the Big Ten Network got word of it and through that we actually connected to each other and saw that we had a lot of interest in sort of building an event together.
The competition was primarily be streamed online, but later rounds were televised on BTN. BTN broadcast the finals in , and began airing the semi-finals beginning