This article answers some of our questions/concerns, but...
... the biggest issue for most of us is -- NOT being able to view the Big Ten Network in our homes.
From the Wrestling Mall http://thewrestlingmall.com/htmls/ne...t=4&View=16094
Mike Vest of the Big Ten Network Discusses 2007-08 College Wrestling Coverage
11/14/2007 11:23:00 AM
Wrestling fans have been wondering just what?s in store with the new Big Ten Network and the amount of wrestling the network will cover this year.
The Wrestling Mall recently emailed some questions to Mike Vest, Media Relations Manager with the Big Ten Network, to find out just what lies ahead.
Here is some information on what to expect below, from Vest:
? The Big Ten Network will televise approximately 22 hours of wrestling this season.
? The events will be edited for broadcast and will typically air late Friday afternoons beginning in January.
? The network will televise the Big Ten Tournament, but specific details have not yet been determined. Once those are made, you will find the broadcast schedule at www.bigtennetwork.com/schedule
? The Big Ten Network will collaborate with the conference office to determine the overall programming schedule. Wrestling will receive significant additional coverage on Big Ten Tonight, the network's signature nightly studio show.
? The Big Ten Network owns exclusive cable rights to Big Ten wrestling, although that agreement does not preclude over-the-air networks, such as Iowa Public Television, from covering events. The rights to events such as the Las Vegas Invitational or the Midlands lie with the tournament promoters and not the Big Ten Conference. However, when possible, the network will most certainly explore all broadcast opportunities. For example, we have plans to televise portions of the Midlands event.
? The broadcast crew for wrestling has not yet been determined.
- Matt Krumrie