Yesterday, the Big Ten Conference office announced seven more football contests to be aired on the ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 family of networks this fall. That brings the total number of Big Ten games to be televised on the channels to 16.
In addition, the nascent Big Ten Network (BTN) will also be televising games nationally. Although the BTN has not yet reached deals with many cable providers, the network will be included on basic DirecTV and AT&T packages when it first airs later this year in August.
As the season progresses, ABC/ESPN/ESPN2 will announce televised games that have not yet been scheduled one to two weeks prior to kickoff. The trio of related networks will work with the BTN to determine the television location of additional broadcasts.
With the BTN guaranteed a minimum of two games per Big Ten team, the Spartans will have at least one more nationally televised game.
Big Ten Network update: The BTN recently introduced former ESPN commentator and anchor Dave Revsine as their lead studio host. The Northwestern alum brings over a decade of broadcasting experience to the BTN, along with strong ties Big Ten country.
"Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and a real passion for college sports to the network," said BTN President Mark Silverman in a press release. "When you couple his talent and experience with his being a Northwestern graduate and a Chicago native, it's obvious why we see Dave as the ideal candidate to lead the network's on-air coverage."