CHICAGO – When Big Ten champions are crowned this fall, the Big Ten Network will be there to provide television coverage. The network will televise live the semifinals and finals of the upcoming Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Men’s Soccer Championship and Women’s Soccer Tournament and will also cover the Big Ten Cross Country Championships.
Coverage begins at 10 PM ET on Sunday during Big Ten Tonight with highlights and reaction from the 2008 Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan. The Big Ten has four men’s teams ranked in the top 20 led by No. 6 Wisconsin. On the women’s side, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10 and seven are ranked in the top 25, paced by No. 7 Minnesota.
The Big Ten Network will be in Bloomington for the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament. The games will air live at 10 AM ET and 12:15 PM ET on Friday, Nov. 7, as will Sunday’s final at noon ET. Four Big Ten teams are in the top 20 and defending tournament champion and No. 9 Iowa figures to be challenged by No. 8 Penn State, No. 10 Michigan State and No. 18 Ohio State.
Immediately following the field hockey semifinals, the action continues in Iowa City with the semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament. Those games will air live at 2 PM ET and 4:30 PM ET. Sunday’s championship game will be live at 3 PM ET. Last season, Penn State won the Big Ten title, but Purdue captured the tournament title. This year, the Nittany Lions are the Big Ten’s highest-ranked team at No. 21 with Minnesota following closely behind at No. 25.
The Big Ten Network will televise live the semifinals and finals of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship, hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Semifinal coverage begins at noon ET and 2:30 PM ET on Friday, Nov. 14. Sunday’s final will be carried live at 1 PM ET. Ohio State will be out to defend its 2007 title and will be joined by four teams currently appearing in the national polls, including No. 6 Northwestern, No. 17 Indiana, No. 18 Michigan and No. 25 Michigan State.
Entering this week’s action, the Big Ten has 31 nationally ranked programs in the fall season, including top-10 teams in men’s cross country (No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 9 Michigan), women’s cross country (No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 Michigan State and No. 10 Illinois), field hockey (No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 10 Michigan State), football (No. 3 Penn State), men’s soccer (No. 6 Northwestern) and volleyball (No. 1 Penn State).
2008 Big Ten Network Fall Sports Championships
Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament
Friday, Nov. 7 at Indiana 10:00am ET Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, Nov. 7 at Indiana 12:15pm ET Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, Nov. 9 at Indiana 12:00pm ET Championship Game (LIVE)
Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament
Friday, Nov. 7 at Iowa 2:00pm ET Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, Nov. 7 at Iowa 4:30pm ET Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, Nov. 9 at Iowa 3:00pm ET Championship Game (LIVE)
Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship
Friday, Nov. 14 at Wisconsin 12:00pm ET Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, Nov. 14 at Wisconsin 2:30pm ET Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, Nov. 16 at Wisconsin 1:00pm ET Championship Game (LIVE)
About the Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide in excess of $100 million in athletic scholarship aid to more than 8,500 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
About the Big Ten Network:
The Big Ten Network is the first national network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 400 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the destination for Big Ten fans across the country and allows fans to see their favorite team, regardless of where they live. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Big Ten Network showcases a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televises more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers approximately 35 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games, 55 women’s basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Championship events, a nightly studio show, coaches’ shows and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, the network currently has agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and 230 cable operators. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to www.BigTenNetwork.com.