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Big Ten Network to Double Wrestling Coverage in 2009-10

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CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network will double its coverage of wrestlingthis season, with television coverage of the Big Ten Championships, theMidlands Classic and nine duals. In addition, the network will stream 15 moreduals on
“Once again, the Big Ten is the nation’s most dominant wrestling conference,and we’re pleased to bring fans even more wrestling coverage than ever before,”Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said.
Coverage begins on Dec. 10 with an in-state battle between Iowa and NorthernIowa.  The action heats up in January with the Midlands Classic inEvanston, which will be televised at 7 PM ET on Jan. 3.
The network will televise a dual match on many Friday and Sunday nights inJanuary and February, culminating with live coverage of the Big TenChampionships at 2 PM ET on Sunday, March 7, from the campus of the Universityof Michigan.
Nearly all of the televised events will air live, or on a same-day delay basisto avoid schedule conflicts with men’s basketball and hockey.  Streamedevents will be available live and on-demand at
The network has made a significant financial investment to provide fans with ahigh-quality streaming experience that is comparable to watching an event inhigh definition.
Every Big Ten Conference team was ranked in the final 2009 InterMat top 25poll, including No. 1 Iowa, No, 2 Ohio State, No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 Wisconsin,No. 11 Michigan, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 17 Penn State, No.23 Purdue, No. 24 Indiana and No. 25 Michigan State.
The Big Ten Network is now available to up to 73 million homes across NorthAmerica through satellite providers such as DIRECTV, DISH Network and ShawDirect (Canada), telco companies such as Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, andon cable in 19 of the nation’s top 20 media markets. Fans can find the channelspecific to their area and provider by entering their zip code at
Event                                      AirDate                  Air Time                                   Outlet
Northern Iowa atIowa              Thursday, Dec. 10      7 PM ET(LIVE)              
MidlandsClassic                       Sunday, Jan.3            7 PM ET(delay)                         Big Ten Network
Oklahoma State atIowa            Sunday, Jan. 17          7 PM ET(delay)                         Big Ten Network
Illinois at PennState                  Friday, Jan.22            7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Minnesota at Michigan State       Friday, Jan.22            7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Indiana atWisconsin                 Friday, Jan.22            8 PM ET(LIVE)                        Big Ten Network
Illinois at MichiganState            Sunday, Jan. 24          1 PM ET(LIVE)              
Penn State at OhioState            Sunday,Jan. 24          7 PM ET (same-daydelay)           Big Ten Network
Wisconsin atMinnesota             Friday, Jan.29            7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Penn State atIowa                   Friday, Jan.29            TBD(LIVE)                     
Penn State atWisconsin           Sunday, Jan. 31          2 PM ET(LIVE)              
Illinois atNorthwestern             Sunday, Jan. 31          7 PM ET(same-day delay)          Big Ten Network
Michigan State atIowa             Sunday, Jan. 31          TBD(LIVE)                     
Northwestern at Penn State        Friday,Feb. 5            7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Minnesota atIllinois                  Friday, Feb.5             8 PMET (LIVE)                        Big Ten Network
Purdue at MichiganState           Sunday, Feb.7           7 PM ET (same-daydelay)           Big Ten Network
Michigan State at Penn State      Friday, Feb.12           7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Northwestern at Iowa               Friday, Feb. 12           TBD(LIVE)                     
Iowa atMinnesota                    Sunday, Feb. 14          7 PM ET(LIVE)                        Big Ten Network
Northwestern at Wisconsin         Friday,Feb. 19           7 PM ET(LIVE)              
Penn State atMinnesota            Friday, Feb. 19           7PM ET (LIVE)              
Ohio State atIowa                    Friday, Feb. 19          10:30 PM ET (same-day delay)     Big Ten Network
Indiana at MichiganState           Sunday, Feb.21          1 PM ET(LIVE)              
Iowa atWisconsin                    Sunday, Feb. 21          1 PM ET(LIVE)              
Michigan at Northwestern         Sunday, Feb. 21          7 PM ET(LIVE)                        Big Ten Network
Big TenChampionships             Sunday, March 7        2 PM ET(LIVE)                        Big Ten Network
About the Big Ten Network: The BigTen Network is the first nationally distributed network dedicated to coveringone of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimatedestination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them tosee their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-currentsports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than hasever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlightsactivities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities.Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regularseason men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big TenChampionship events; Big Ten Tonight, a nightly studio show; coaches’ shows;and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwideand in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 300affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision,Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas), DirecTV, DISHNetwork, Insight, Mediacom, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time WarnerCable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to

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