Implications of BTN Spring Game Coverage Decisions

Submitted by MGoShoe on March 29th, 2010 at 8:21 PM

The Big Ten Network released the details of their coverage of Big Ten spring football and it looks like the BTN has established its own Big Ten team tiers. Specifically:

Tier 1 Coverage:

...[On Saturday, April 24, the] Big Ten Network will carry Ohio State's men's lacrosse game at 11 AM ET and its spring football game live at 1 PM ET. The network will air the telecast of Penn State's spring game at 5 PM ET.

Tier 2 Coverage:

Five Big Ten spring games will take place Saturday, April 17. The Michigan and Wisconsin games will be streamed live on in the afternoon and will air on [BTN] at 8 PM ET and 11 PM ET, respectively.


[On Saturday, April 24, the] Illinois and Michigan State spring games will be streamed live on and will air on delay at 11 PM ET on Saturday and at 5 PM ET on Sunday, April 25, respectively.

Tier 3 Coverage:
Meanwhile, coverage of the Iowa, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota and Northwestern will be limited to highlights and interviews only.

More evidence of the negative effects of two brutal seasons.


Pete the Numbat

March 29th, 2010 at 8:24 PM ^

annoying, I was really looking forward to seeing it on there live. Going to the coaching clinic the weekend before and then going down again that weekend would be way too much on my wallet.

Fat Mike

March 29th, 2010 at 8:39 PM ^

mgoblue streamed the game last year for free and it was pretty good quality. after all the bitching during the basketball season about having to pay fior the stream and the subsequent poor quality i think i will stick to


March 29th, 2010 at 9:56 PM ^

What is the BTN showing at 1pm on April 17th that would draw a better rating than a Michigan Spring Game? Or is this an effort to get people to visit their web site?


March 29th, 2010 at 11:17 PM ^

I don't think it has anything to do with two losing seasons. Rather it may deal with the fact the Penn State and Ohio State are expected to have over 100k people in attendance.