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April 12, 2007

Big Ten Network Spring Game Promotion Will Visit UI This Weekend

The Big Ten Network Spring Football Tour will stop in Iowa City for the 2007 Coca-Cola Classic Iowa Football Spring Event at Kinnick Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

Fans will have an opportunity to win Big Ten Network jackets and free t-shirts and learn more about the network at the Big Ten Network kiosk, which will be located in the Krause Family Plaza. Fans can also receive Big Ten Conference football schedule calendars, courtesy of the Big Ten Network, as well as information regarding a viewer survey. Visit for a chance to win additional prizes and show support for the network.

"The Big Ten Network Spring Football Tour will continue to generate awareness as we grow closer to our launch in August 2007," said Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman. "With football season right around the corner, this is a great opportunity to excite the passionate fans of the Big Ten about all the network has to offer."

The Big Ten Network Spring Football tour will promote the upcoming 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year television network that is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference, and is available through local cable and satellite providers in August.

"The college football season will be upon us before we know it and so, too, will the Big Ten Network," said Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta, who encouraged Hawkeye fans to bring a non-perishable food item with them to Iowa City Saturday to help stock the shelves of the Johnson County Crisis Center. "Saturday's activity is an opportunity for friends of the UI and fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes to learn more about the network while celebrating the return of spring football to historic Kinnick Stadium."

The tour includes visits to all Big Ten spring football games.

The Big Ten Network is a national television network that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live, and provide another national platform for all Big Ten sports. The sports programming on the Big Ten Network and alternative platforms will include, but is not limited to:

--More than 35 football games each season.

--More than 105 regular-season men's basketball games, with four to six weeknight games and four to seven weekend games per week.

--A nightly studio show including multiple segments from each campus.

--Women's sports including basketball, volleyball, soccer and softball.

--More than 170 Olympic sporting events including baseball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, diving and more.

--Classic games and historical footage from ESPN and ABC libraries.

--Original, non-sports programming produced by Big Ten member universities, showcasing their academic excellence, talented students and award-winning programs.

--Weekly coaches shows.

The Big Ten Conference's compelling athletic competition positions the network as the go-to destination for Big Ten alumni and fans across the nation. In addition to traditional distribution through cable and satellite providers nationwide, select Big Ten Network content also will be available through alternative media platforms such as the Internet, iPods, cell phones and other emerging technologies.

In summary, the Big Ten Network, scheduled to debut this August, will cover the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. It will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sporting events and shows, while offering original programs focused on academic fields including the arts and sciences, campus activities and personalities. Sports programming will include live coverage of more major men's and women's events than ever before, along with news, highlights and analysis, all complemented by hours of university-produced content. The network is available to all cable and satellite carriers and television distributors nationwide, with most programs offered in stunning high-definition television (HDTV). The Big Ten Network is a 20-year partnership between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

For more information regarding the Big Ten Network, visit For employment opportunities, interested candidates should submit resumes to

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Conlisk, Big Ten Network, 312-665-0726,