Iowa-Syracuse Goes Primetime

April 24, 2007

IOWA CITY – The first home game of the 2007 University of Iowa football team has been selected as one of five games that will be broadcast live in primetime by the Big Ten Network, the Big Ten Conference and the network announced Tuesday.

Live national television coverage of the Hawkeyes’ Sept. 8 game against Syracuse will begin at 7 p.m. CT from historic Kinnick Stadium. Iowa defeated the Orange 20-13 in double-overtime last year in Syracuse.

“We are delighted that the Big Ten Network has included our home opener in its primetime lineup of games in its inaugural season,” said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta. “We are also excited for the fans of the Hawkeyes who will fill Kinnick to capacity for the 25th straight game and for the thousands friends, fans and alumni who will watch the game not only in the state of Iowa but across the nation.”

The game is Iowa’s second primetime event in as many seasons. The Hawkeyes entertained Ohio State last year in a nationally televised game as part of ABC-TV “Saturday Night Football” series.

The Big Ten Network primetime schedule kicks off on Sept. 1 when Indiana entertains Indiana State. The schedule also includes the Sept. 15 date between Northwestern and Duke.

The Big Ten Network’s other two primetime games will feature Indiana and Michigan State on Oct. 13 and Minnesota and Illinois on Nov. 3. Both events are Homecoming games.

“These five primetime games demonstrate the ability of the Big Ten Network to air compelling programming on a national stage,” said Mark Silverman, president of the Big Ten Network. “Not only will Big Ten fans be able to see the games nationally, but they will enjoy in-depth analysis from the first network to be dedicated solely to the Big Ten.”

All five Big Ten Network primetime games will be televised in high definition.

The Big Ten Network will also provide live television coverage of other Big Ten Conference football games. The broadcast schedule for those games will be announced later this summer and during the 2007 college football season.

As in the recent past, ABC-TV and the family of ESPN networks will also provide live television coverage of Big Ten Conference football games. The broadcast schedule for those games will be announced later this spring, during the summer and during the season.


Sept. 1 — Indiana State at Indiana, 8 p.m. EDT
Sept. 8 — Syracuse at Iowa, 7 p.m. CDT
Sept. 15 — Duke at Northwestern, 7 p.m. CDT
Oct. 13 — Indiana at Michigan State, 7 p.m. EDT
Nov. 3 — Illinois at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CDT

The Big Ten Network is a national television network, available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide, that will allow fans to see their home teams regardless of where they live. The network currently has national agreements in place with DirecTV and AT&T, and discussions with other cable and satellite providers are continuing.

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 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/or other emerging technologies.

About the Big Ten Network Launching this August, the Big Ten Network is dedicated to covering the Big Ten Conference and its 11 member institutions. The Big Ten Network will provide unprecedented access to an extensive schedule of conference sports events and shows; original programs in academics, the arts and sciences; campus activities and associated 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 campus programming. 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.

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