Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States, based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Despite its name, the conference consists of 14 members, they compete in the NCAA Division I. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university; the Big Ten Conference was established in 1895 when Purdue University president James H. Smart and representatives from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin gathered at Chicago's Palmer House Hotel to set policies aimed at regulating intercollegiate athletics. In 1905, the conference was incorporated as the "Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives"; the conference is one of the nation's oldest, predating the founding of the NCAA by a decade, was one of the first collegiate conferences to sponsor men's basketball.
Big Ten member institutions are predominantly major flagship research universities with large financial endowments and strong academic reputations. Large student enrollment is a hallmark of Big Ten Universities, as 13 of the 14 members feature enrollments of 20,000 or more students. Northwestern University, the only full member with a total enrollment of fewer than 30,000 students, is the lone private university among Big Ten membership. Collectively, Big Ten universities educate more than 520,000 total students and have 5.7 million living alumni. Big Ten universities engage in $9.3 billion in funded research each year. Though the Big Ten existed for nearly a century as an assemblage of universities located in the Midwest, the conference's geographic footprint now stretches east to the Atlantic Ocean. Big Ten universities are members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, an academic consortium. In 2014–2015, members generated more than $10 billion in research expenditures. Despite the conference's name, the Big Ten has grown to fourteen members, with the following universities accepting invitations to join: Pennsylvania State University in 1990, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2011, both the University of Maryland and Rutgers University in 2014.
Johns Hopkins University was invited in 2012 to join the Big Ten as an associate member participating in men's lacrosse, in 2015, it was accepted as an associate member in women's lacrosse. Notre Dame joined the Big Ten on July 2017 as an associate member in men's ice hockey. Notes Notes The University of Chicago was a co-founder of the conference. Lake Forest College attended the original 1895 meeting that led to the formation of the conference, but never participated in athletics or any other activities. Full members Full members Sport Affiliate Other Conference Other Conference The Big Ten Conference sponsors championship competition in 14 men's and 14 women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Notes: * Notre Dame joined the Big Ten in the 2017–18 school year as an affiliate member in men's ice hockey, it continues to field its other sports in the ACC except in football where it will continue to compete as an independent. ° Johns Hopkins joined the Big Ten in 2014 as an affiliate member in men's lacrosse, with women's lacrosse to follow in 2016.
It continues to field its other sports in the NCAA Division III Centennial ConferenceMen's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Ten Conference that are played by Big Ten schools: Notes: 1: Fencing is a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Ohio State and Penn State, like most NCAA fencing schools, have coed teams. 2: Men's rowing, whether heavyweight or lightweight, is not governed by the NCAA, but instead by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. Rutgers Men's Rowing was downgraded to Club status in 2008, but remains a member of the EARC. 3: Unlike rifle, pistol is not an NCAA-governed sport. It is coeducational. 4: Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, coed teams all compete against each other. Ohio State fields a coed team. Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Big Ten Conference that are played by Big Ten schools: Initiated and led by Purdue University President James Henry Smart, the presidents of University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Purdue University and Lake Forest College met in Chicago on January 11, 1895 to discuss the regulation and control of intercollegiate athletics.
The eligibility of student-athletes was one of the main topics of discussion. The Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives was founded at a second meeting on February 8, 1896. Lake Forest was not at the 1896 meeting that established the conference and was replaced by the University of Michigan. At the time, the organization was more known as the Western Conference, consisting of Illinois, Wisconsin, Chicago and Northwestern; the first reference to the conference as the Big Nine was in 1899 after Indiana had joined. Nebraska first petitioned to join the league in 1900 and again in 1911, but was turned away both times. In April 1907, Michigan was voted out of the conference for failing to adhere to league rules. Ohio State was added to the conference in 1912; the first known references to the conference as the Big Ten were in December 1916, when Michigan sought to rejoin th
Carver–Hawkeye Arena is a 15,056-seat multi-purpose indoor arena located in Iowa City, Iowa. Opened in 1983, it is the home court for The University of Iowa Hawkeyes men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the university's wrestling and volleyball teams, it was named for the late industrialist Roy J. Carver of Muscatine, Iowa, a prominent statewide booster, who donated $9.2 million to The University of Iowa before his death in 1981. Prior to the arena's opening, Iowa's athletic teams played at the Iowa Field House. Funded by private contributions, the arena was expected to be open for the 1982–83 school year, but weather slowed construction to the point where the first event was held on January 3, 1983. Iowa's wrestling team defeated Oklahoma and two days the men's basketball team played their first game – a loss to Michigan State – in the new arena. Notable athletic events in the arena include the Big Ten and NCAA wrestling championships, the National Duals, the U. S. Olympic wrestling trials in 1984 and 2012, the UWW World Cup in 2018, the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The arena serves as the site of commencement exercises for several of the university's colleges, has hosted concerts by artists such as U2, Whitney Houston, Stevie Nicks, *NSYNC, Guns N' Roses, Old Dominion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, speeches by Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton as well as Desmond Tutu and Jane Goodall. Carver-Hawkeye hosted many events in place of Hancher Auditorium and Cedar Rapids' U. S. Cellular Center while both venues underwent renovations after the Iowa flood of 2008. Prior to playing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa teams played in Close Hall and the first Iowa Armory; the first Armory was at the site of the current UI Communications Center building sits, across from the Library on the East Side of the Iowa River. Iowa teams moved to the second Iowa Armory, to the adjoining Iowa Field House, built directly beside the second Iowa Armory, incorporated into the new Field House facility. In 1927, the Iowa Field House was opened during Paul Belding's tenure as athletic director.
Considered as a "magnificent structure for its day", the Field House was home to Iowa's basketball and wrestling teams, included an indoor track and swimming pool. The Field House, was known for its steel balconies and sub-par acoustics, along with columns that obstructed views; when demand was high for Hawkeye basketball, bleachers were placed behind the baskets, allowing some 15,000 to attend games. Season ticket sales skyrocketed during the successful tenures of head coaches Ralph Miller and Lute Olson, support for a new arena increased. Following approval from the Iowa Board of Regents, construction of Carver–Hawkeye Arena began. An NCAA attendance record for women's basketball was set on February 3, 1985. 22,157 were in attendance at Carver-Hawkeye arena. On December 6, 2008, Iowa set the national collegiate wrestling dual meet attendance record as 15,955 fans packed the arena for Iowa-Iowa State match; the previous record of 15,646 was set Feb. 1, 2002, when Minnesota hosted Iowa at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Tom Brands, Brent Metcalf, Tony Ramos are the only Hawkeye wrestlers to never lose a match during their college career in Carver–Hawkeye Arena. In 2016, a new scoreboard was added to the arena, it measures at 14.5 feet high by 26 feet wide. On the 7th-8th April, 2018 Carver–Hawkeye Arena took senior freestyle wrestling international tournament World Cup 2018. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Carver–Hawkeye Arena: The Home of the Hawkeyes webpage
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University known as Central, is a public black university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by James E. Shepard in affiliation with the Chautauqua movement in 1909, it was supported by private funds from both Northern and Southern philanthropists, it was made part of the state system in 1923, when it first received state funding and was renamed as Durham State Normal School. It added graduate classes in arts and sciences, professional schools in law and library science in the late 1930s and 1940s. In 1969 the legislature designated this as a regional university and renamed it as North Carolina Central University, it has been part of the University of North Carolina system since 1972, offers programs at the baccalaureate, master's, professional and doctoral levels. The university is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund. North Carolina Central University was founded by James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race in the Hayti District.
Chautauqua was an educational movement. The school was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened on July 5, 1910. Woodrow Wilson, the future U. S. President, contributed some private support for the school's founding; the school was reorganized in 1915, becoming the National Training School. The National Training School supported Black teacher development in the Jim Crow era, a time when Black education was underfunded by southern states at both the lower and upper levels. Becoming a state-funded institution in 1923, this school was renamed as Durham State Normal School. In 1925, reflecting the expansion of its programs to a four-year curriculum with a variety of majors, it was renamed as the North Carolina College for Negroes, it was the nation's first state-supported liberal arts college for black students. To avoid the state Jim Crow system of segregated passenger cars on trains, Shepard insisted on traveling to Raleigh by car to lobby the legislature; the college's first four-year class graduated in 1929.
The college was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an "A" class institution in 1937, but it was not admitted to membership until 1957. Graduate courses in the School of Arts and Sciences were added in 1939, in the School of Law in 1940, in the School of Library Science in 1941. In 1947, the General Assembly changed the name of the institution to North Carolina College at Durham. On October 6, 1947, the founder and president, died, he was succeeded in 1948 by Alfonso Elder. Elder served as president until he retired September 1, 1963. Samuel P. Massie was appointed as the third president on August 9, 1963, resigned on February 1, 1966. On July 1, 1967, Albert N. Whiting assumed the presidency, serving until his retirement June 30, 1983; the 1969 General Assembly designated the institution as one of the State's regional universities, the name was changed to North Carolina Central University. Since 1972, NCCU has been a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system.
On July 1, 1972, the state's four-year colleges and universities were joined to become The Consolidated University of North Carolina, with 16 individual campuses, headed by a single president and governed by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. However, each campus was led by a campus-specific Board of Trustees. Whiting was succeeded by LeRoy T. Walker as chancellor, followed by Tyronza R. Richmond, Julius L. Chambers, James H. Ammons, Charlie Nelms, Debra Saunders-White in 2013. Saunders-White was the first woman to hold the office on a permanent basis; the campus is located about a mile south of downtown Durham, North Carolina and about three miles east of Duke University. Eleven buildings built before 1940 are included in a national historic district. All of the buildings, except for the three residences, are Georgian Revival-style buildings, they include the Clyde R. Hoey Administration Building, Alexander Dunn Hall, Annie Day Shepard Hall, five institutional buildings built in the late 1930s under the auspices of the Public Works Administration.
The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. NCCU is a part of the UNC System; the campus is governed by a thirteen-member Board of Trustees: eight elected, four appointed, the president of the Student Government Association serves as an ex-officio member. The Board meets five times per year; as of 2011, NCCU had a total of 8,587 students, including 5396 full-time undergraduate and 1233 full-time graduate students. Sixty-four percent are women and 36 percent are men. Eighty-five percent are African-American, 6 percent are white, 2 percent are Hispanic; as of 2018, NCCU had a student faculty ratio of 16:1. School of Business School of Education School of Law School of Library & Information Sciences School of Nursing College of Behavioral & Social Sciences College of Arts and Sciences NCCU in conjunction with the African American Jazz Caucus sponsors a Jazz Research Institute which conducts an annual Summer Jazz Festival and offers a program in Jazz Studies. Biomedical/Biotechnology Research
2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 9, 2009, ended with the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 5, 2010, on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The opening round occurred on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, followed by first and second rounds on Thursday through Sunday, March 18–21, 2010. Regional games were played on Thursday through Sunday, March 25–28, 2010, with the Final Four played on Saturday and Monday, April 3 and 5, 2010; the Duke Blue Devils and head coach Mike Krzyzewski won their fourth national championship, defeating upstart Butler 61–59 behind their "big three" of Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. The game was played in Butler's home town of Indianapolis. Krzyzewski became the third coach in NCAA history to win four championships, joining John Wooden and Adolph Rupp. Kentucky became the first college team to reach the 2000 win mark by defeating Drexel 88–44 on December 21. North Carolina became the second with a win over Miami on March 2.
Kansas became the third with a win over Texas Tech on March 11. Arkansas sophomore guard Rotnei Clarke set an SEC record by hitting 13 three-pointers in a game in the Razorbacks' November 13 season opener against Alcorn State. Clarke finished the game with 51 points. Clarke's 51 points was an Arkansas school record, while his 13 threes was good for fifth in NCAA history. Prior to the season the NCAA announced that Memphis would serve three years' probation and would vacate their record-setting 38-win 2007–08 season due to a fraudulent SAT score by star Derrick Rose and extra benefits given to Rose's brother under then-coach John Calipari. Memphis appealed the decision; the NCAA rejected the appeal during the NCAA Tournament. Binghamton University dismissed six players on September 25, following the arraignment of Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben on charges of cocaine distribution; the move left Binghamton with only seven scholarship players for the 2009–10 season and included the dismissal of star guard D.
J. Rivera. Coach Kevin Broadus was placed on administrative leave and assistant Mark Macon served as interim coach; the preseason AP All-American team was named on November 2. Luke Harangody of Notre Dame, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins of Kansas, Patrick Patterson of Kentucky and Kyle Singler of Duke were tabbed. Utah Valley gained full Division I status after a seven-year provisional period where they played a D1 schedule; this move was the first time that a school had moved to D1 directly from the NJCAA. Other schools to gain Division I status include Kennesaw State, NJIT and North Florida; the Great West Conference began league play in 2009–10 as the 32nd Division I conference. Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody surpassed both the 2000-point and 1000-rebound marks during the season, becoming the first Fighting Irish player to do so. Mercer guard James Florence, South Carolina guard Devan Downey, Maryland guard Greivis Vásquez, San Francisco forward Dior Lowhorn, Morgan State guard Reggie Holmes, Western Michigan guard David Kool, West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler, Villanova guard Scottie Reynolds, Cornell forward Ryan Wittman and Duke guard Jon Scheyer surpassed the 2,000 point mark during the season.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim became the eighth Division I coach to win 800 games when the Orange defeated Albany 75–43 on November 9. Tom Penders became the eighth head coach in NCAA history to lead four different schools to the NCAA Tournament when he coached the Houston Cougars to the Conference USA tournament title. Penders had led Rhode Island and George Washington to NCAA tournament berths. In November, Evan Turner became the 34th player to record multiple triple doubles in a season. Over the course of the 2009–10 Big Ten season, he became the first player to finish in the top two in average points and assists in Big Ten Conference history. Along the way, he broke and rebroke Big Ten records for single-season and career Player of the week awards. On February 22, Cole Aldrich was named the men's college basketball Academic All-American of the year. On February 24, Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado became the NCAA's all-time leading shot-blocker. On February 27, a contest between then-no. 4 Syracuse and then-no.
8 Villanova set the NCAA on-campus basketball attendance record, with 34,616 spectators packing the Carrier Dome. The Wildcats fell to the Orange, 95–77; the rise and fall of Texas. Ranked in the top three from the beginning of the season until mid-January, including two weeks at #1, they were considered national title contenders, but they fell out of the top 25 less than two months lost two starters to season-ending injuries, lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. On April 1, Deon Thompson of North Carolina appeared in the NIT Championship game, giving him 152 career game appearances; this set the NCAA all-time career games played mark held by Wayne Turner of Kentucky and Walter Hodge of Florida. Third-year coach Tommy Amaker leads Harvard to its most wins in school history behind the play of rare Harvard NBA player Jeremy Lin. Beginning in 2009–10, the following rules changes were implemented: The NCAA reduced the amount of time that college underclassmen can test the waters for the NBA Draft and still retain their college eligibility.
As of this season, players have until early May to decide to return. Secondary defenders must now establish their position outside of the zone between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge. If a player is injured and unable to shoot his own foul shots, the replacement shooter must be chosen from the players on the court. Instant r
2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
The 2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan during the 2009-10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was coached by John Beilein and played its home games in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the Crisler Arena, which has a capacity of 13,751, for the forty-third consecutive year; this season marked the team's ninety-third consecutive year as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team finished the season with a 15–17 overall record and a 7–11 conference record, tied for seventh in the conference standings, it was seeded eighth in the single-elimination 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament where it advanced one round. On October 16, Michigan was one of five Big Ten schools to begin its season by celebrating Midnight Madness. Following the University of Michigan basketball scandal, the team had completed serving a scholarship probation imposed in 2003 two years earlier. During the probation, the team had had only twelve scholarships to offer instead of the usual thirteen.
However, Michigan continued to be prohibited from affiliation with implicated athletes until 2012, which meant, among other things, that the players could not help the University recruit. The team was expected to finish between fifth in the conference by most expert pollings; the team was led by a pair of Wooden Award preseason watchlist nominees: Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. Harris and Zack Novak served as team captains; the team won two of its first three games against ranked opponents. However, the season was a disappointment that included two buzzer-beater losses to conference co-champions Ohio State and Michigan State on field goals by 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Evan Turner and 2009 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year Kalin Lucas. After starting the season 3–0, the team never again won three games in a row; the team was nationally ranked to start the season, but never reappeared in the national polls after the third week of the season.
Michigan ended the year with a 7 -- a 15 -- 17 overall regular season record. Turner's buzzer-beater came in the second round of the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in which the eighth-seeded Wolverines lost by a point to the top-seeded Buckeyes. At the conclusion of the regular season and Harris were named to the 2nd and 3rd All-Big Ten teams by both conference coaches and the media. Following the Big Ten tournament both players were recognized as 2nd-team All-District selections by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. November 12, 2008, marked the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors wishing to become eligible student-athletes in the 2009-2010 academic year; the early period ended on November 2008 for NCAA college basketball teams. However, verbal commitments are accurate predictors of signing activity. Based on verbals and early signings, Big Ten Conference rivals Indiana and Illinois had top 25 signing classes, but Michigan did not according to both ESPN and Scout.com.
The team was the choice of four blue chip prospects who followed through on their verbal commitments and signed letters of intent including Matt Vogrich and Darius Morris. The 6 ft 4 in 180-pound Morris was listed among the top 15 point guards in the nation by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN. Kelvin Grady, who had played 64 games and made 33 starts during his first two seasons, was going to transfer from the program at the end of the prior season, but he became a wide receiver on the 2009 Michigan Wolverines football team. In June 2009, Jordan Morgan had surgery on his left knee to repair articular cartilage; the expected recovery time was four to five months. In October, it was unclear whether he would redshirt. Entering the season, Harris was regarded by some as the most rated player in the Big Ten. E.g. the FOX Sports preseason All-American listed him on its second team. It included Michigan State's Kalin Lucas on its third team, Purdue's Robbie Hummel on its fourth team and Ohio State's Evan Turner on its fifth team.
However, ESPN chose both Lucas and Turner to its preseason second-team All-American list, while Harris was not shown on a single ballot. Harris and Sims were named among the 50 preseason Wooden Award watch list nominees. Harris was named to the preseason Naismith College Player of the Year watchlist; the 24-member Big Ten media panel selected Harris as a first team preseason All-Big Ten team member. The 2009–10 schedule includes the Old Spice Classic, an ACC – Big Ten Challenge match against Boston College, games against preseason ranked power conference opponents Kansas and Connecticut as well as the 2010 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. - denotes class status adjusted for used redshirt eligibility. In addition to the four-year scholarship recruits above, Beilein recruited Eso Akunne as a preferred walk-on and offered him a one-year scholarship commitment. Beilein recruited Josh Bartelstein who extended his high school career at Phillips Exeter Academy after high school at Highland Park High School as a walk-on.
The 2010 class includes Jr. son of Tim Hardaway. Harris opened the season by recording the second triple double in school history with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against Division II Northern Michigan during a 97–50 victory on November 14. Sims added 22 points and true freshman Matt Vogrich added 15 points on five-for-five thre
Marian University (Wisconsin)
Marian University Marian College of Fond du Lac, is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes, which continues to sponsor the University today. Marian University has an enrollment of 2000 undergraduate and graduate students. Seventy-one percent of students are women. Ninety-four percent of students receive financial aid. 32% of undergraduate students live on campus. Marian University opened as Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on September 8, 1936, with 17 full-time and 25 part-time students, eight faculty; the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes founded the college in response to a Wisconsin Department of Instruction decision that nuns were not allowed to teach in public schools while wearing their religious habits. Marian became accredited in elementary education in 1941; the first graduating class in August 1941 had eight nun graduates. The first lay students graduated in 1942. Marian had 86 full-time and 145 part-time students in 1950, who attended classes in a convent next to St. Agnes Hospital.
Although founded as a women’s college, the superintendent of Fond du Lac schools attended art and music classes with his wife in 1940. Increasing enrollment caused the college to move to its current 100 acres campus on Fond du Lac's east side in the mid 1960s, the college became co-educational in 1970; the school became accredited by the North Central Association for a Master's of Arts program in 1987, was approved for a Ph. D. program in Leadership Studies in 2002. On May 1, 2008, Marian College of Fond du Lac changed its name to Marian University to reflect an expansion of its programs and classes and to position the institution for continued growth. Marian University consists of two Colleges: the College of the Professions and the College of Arts and Letters. Marian became affiliated with The Catholic University of America and the National Catholic Educational Association in 1949, it became accredited with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for teacher education in 1960.
Marian University is accredited by the North Central Association, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National League for Nursing, Council on Social Work Education, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Marian’s curriculum has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Standards Board Training and Standards Bureau. Marian University offers 11 bachelor's degrees, four master's degrees, one doctoral degree. Undergraduate students are required to take 3 credits in Philosophy. Graduate level programs include courses; the Campus Ministry at Marian University provides many activities for students to deepen their understanding of the Catholic tradition: weekly Mass, sacraments, Scripture study, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, outreach to the local area. 45 South is Marian University's literary magazine.
The Sabre is its online newspaper. Marian University's athletic teams' nickname is the Sabres, its colors are white. Students participate in sports at the NCAA Division III level in women’s basketball, hockey, softball and volleyball, men’s baseball, golf, soccer, men's volleyball and lacrosse. Teams have held membership in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference since 2006, after holding membership in the Lake Michigan Conference from 1974 to 2006. Marian University's men's hockey team participates in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Women's hockey is a member of the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association, the men's volleyball team competes in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League. Dianne Bergant - author and scripture scholar Patrick G. Coy - author and scholar in the field of conflict resolution Amy Sue Vruwink - member of the Wisconsin State Assembly Official website Official athletics website
Big Ten Network
The Big Ten Network is an American sports network based in Chicago, Illinois. The channel is dedicated to coverage of collegiate sports sanctioned by the Big Ten Conference, including live and recorded event telecasts, analysis programs, other content focusing on the conference's member schools, it is a joint venture between Fox Sports and the Big Ten, with Fox Corporation as 51% stakeholder and operating partner, the Big Ten Conference owning a 49% stake. It is headquartered in the former Montgomery Co.. Catalog House building at 600 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago. Big Ten Network is carried by most major television providers and as of 2014, had an estimated 60 million U. S. subscribers—a number had been boosted by the addition of Rutgers University and the University of Maryland to the conference. Big Ten Network was the second U. S. sports network to be devoted to a single college sports conference, having been preceded by the MountainWest Sports Network one year prior to its launch. BTN was followed by Pac-12 and SEC cable channels with a similar array of programming.
The network's foundation traces back to 2004, following negotiations between the Big Ten and ESPN on an extension of the conference's broadcast contract with the network. With three years remaining in the existing deal, the conference sought a significant increase in rights fees. ESPN, balked, causing Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany to begin exploring the creation of his own network; the launch of the Big Ten Network was announced on June 21, 2006, as a 20-year joint project between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Entertainment Group. At launch, the conference owned 51% of the network, while Fox owned a minority interest and handled its operations; the network was positioned to be the first cable channel dedicated to a single collegiate conference. The network has a commitment to "event equality", stating it would produce and distribute an equal number of men's and women's events across all platforms, within three years of its launch; the deal was meant to replace the Big Ten's television contract with ESPN's ESPN Plus regional television package.
ESPN Plus games were only seen on one broadcast television station in a team's local market. Big Ten Network was launched at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 30, 2007, with Big Ten Tonight as its inaugural program; the network aired its first live telecasts two days on September 1, which included a football game between Appalachian State and Michigan – the game gained national attention for its upset victory. On September 2, the network aired its first women's sports event and its first men's non-revenue sports event; the new network suffered from limited carriage on its launch, as it was only carried by two major television providers. By the following year, the network had reached its goal to attain carriage on the "extended basic" tiers of cable providers in all Big Ten markets. While no specifics were revealed, Fox increased its stake in the Big Ten Network to 51% in June 2010, acquiring majority control, using a provision in its contract with the conference. In time for the 2011 college football season, the network unveiled a new logo and branding, introduced a new TV Everywhere service known as "BTN2Go," which offers live streaming of BTN telecasts and other programming through a web browser or mobile app.
The service was available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, DirecTV and Dish Network. BTN and Dish Network were involved in a dispute leading up to the expiration of the satellite provider's contract with the network in August 2012, a day before that year's college football season began; the network was temporary blacked out for eight days beginning on September 14, giving way to a new agreement that restored BTN on Dish Network on September 22. In July 2017, as part of a new six-year agreement that made Fox the primary television rightsholder of regular season Big Ten football games, Fox's contract to run BTN was extended through 2032. On December 14, 2017, 21st Century Fox announced it would sell a majority of its assets to The Walt Disney Company, owners of ESPN, SEC Network and the upcoming ACC Network, in a transaction valued at over $52 billion. 21st Century Fox's stake in the Big Ten Network was not included in the deal and was spun off to the downsized Fox Corporation, along with the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and Fox Sports 1 and 2.
The deal was approved by Disney and Fox shareholders on July 27, 2018 and was completed on March 19, 2019. Big Ten Tonight – a weekly half-hour show airing on Sundays, similar to ESPN's SportsCenter; the program is anchored by Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and Lisa Cornwell. Other reporters and analysts appear depending on the sport being discussed. Big Ten Football Saturday – a program airing Saturdays during the college football season, which features discussions and highlights of the day's games, it is hosted with analysis provided by Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Big Ten Tailgate – titled Friday Night Tailgate, it is a Friday night program that takes a lighthearted and irreverent look at campus life surrounding the weekend of a Big Ten football game, it was host was Mike Hall, wit