Illini Spring Game Big Ten Tonight

CHICAGO, Ill. - Football-starved fans will have a unique opportunity to get a first glimpse of future Big Ten stars at 1 PM ET Saturday, April 19, during the 3-hour Big Ten Tonight: Spring Football Showcase presented by Jimmy John's. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will host the program with live look-ins from that afternoon's eight spring games in the Big Ten.

The Big Ten Network game day set will be stationed at Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign. Wayne Larrivee and Chris Martin will host coverage of the Illini's spring game.

"We are very excited that the Big Ten Network has chosen Illinois to begin its coverage of its spring football coverage," said Steve Greene, Illinois' Big Ten Network Coordinator. "With the excitement coming off the 2007 season and the ongoing construction of Memorial Stadium, Illinois will provide a great backdrop for this special show."

The show will take fans to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. At each stop, the Big Ten Network football analysts will give their early opinions on the 2008 season, break down important position battles and discuss which players could have breakout seasons.

Fans who want to watch their team's spring game without interruption can log onto to BigTenNetwork.com for a live web stream. The service will be provided free of charge by the Big Ten Network in conjunction with PlayON! Sports. Big Ten Network worked with PlayON! Sports last winter to stream 10 men's basketball games on BigTenNetwork.com.

Last fall, the Big Ten Network became the first network in cable or satellite television history to reach 30 million homes within its first 30 days. The network is available through distribution agreements with DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, WideOpenWest, RCN, Service Electric and more than 220 other cable operators.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Illinois' spring game will shown in its entirety on Sunday, April 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.


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