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BTN/ESPNU to Air Coverage of B1G Media Day

By NU Athletic Communications

 Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today that BTN and ESPNU will continue to air coverage of the opening session of the 2013 Big Ten Football Media Days on Wednesday, July 24. The media days will be held at the Hilton Chicago.              

BTN will present five hours of live coverage of Big Ten Football Media Days on Wednesday, airing the press conferences for all 12 coaches, BTN President Mark Silverman, Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. Mike Hall and Derek Rackley will host the network’s live coverage beginning at 10 a.m. CT on BTN and on BTN2Go. Fans can also track the day’s activities by following’s Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) on Twitter. BTN will re-air the press conferences beginning at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday night.

For the eighth consecutive year, the opening session of the Big Ten Football Media Days will appear on an ESPN network. Coverage by ESPNU will begin on Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT, and is scheduled to feature all 12 head coaches, Jenkins and Delany either live or tape-delayed as they address the assembled media. In addition, select Big Ten coaches and players will appear live on ESPN’s SportsCenter, College Football Live or on ESPNU.

The 2013 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW will take place on Thursday, July 25, at the Hilton Chicago with the annual players and coaches autograph and photo session set to begin at 10 a.m. CT, followed by the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. CT.  BTN will air a Kickoff Luncheon Special at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, July 26. Lead studio host Dave Revsine will host the two-hour special.

A limited number of tickets remain available for $100 per seat or $1,000 per table (10 seats). Contact Sue Immekus at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 122, or to purchase tickets.

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference’s Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, nearly 850 of the conference’s finest players, over 60 head coaches and more than 47,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.


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