At least 15 Penn State contests to be televised on Big Ten Network during fall sports season

August 28, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- A minimum of 15 contests involving five Penn State fall teams will air on nationwide television this fall on the Big Ten Network. The schedule includes eight home events and 13 games that will be broadcast to a live audience throughout the months of September, October and November.

In addition to the national exposure on the Big Ten Network, the vast majority of Penn State's 29 varsity programs will be featured on "Inside The Pride" on the Sports Jam Network during the upcoming year. The program returns for a second season and will air every Wednesday from 6-6:45 p.m. on Sports Jam Network affiliates across Pennsylvania and online, the official website of Penn State Athletics. Loren Crispell is the host of the program, which will feature interviews with Nittany Lion coaches and student-athletes and news from Penn State Athletics.

Audio and video webcasts of numerous Penn State events on also are being planned and will be announced when the schedule is complete. These free webcast offerings will supplement Penn State's All-Access subscription service that provides live audio coverage of all Penn State football and basketball games and video of Joe Paterno's weekly press conferences on

The 17th-ranked Nittany Lion football team will be the first Penn State squad to appear on the Big Ten Network when it faces Florida International in a noon game on Sat., Sept. 1. Head coach Joe Paterno's Nittany Lions will return to the Big Ten Network airwaves on Sat., Sept. 15 when they host Buffalo at noon.

At least four Penn State women's volleyball matches will be broadcast by the Big Ten Network during the months of October and November. Ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Nittany Lions will make their Big Ten Network debut on Wed., Oct. 10 when they host conference rival No. 16 Ohio State at Rec Hall in an 8 p.m. match-up. Head coach Russ Rose will take his team on the road for its final three Big Ten Network matches where it will visit the hostile environs of No. 11 Wisconsin (Oct. 21, tape delay), Michigan State (Nov. 10), and No. 16 Ohio State (Nov. 21).

The network plans to add two more women's volleyball matches to its schedule, which are to be announced.

The No. 7 Penn State field hockey team will appear on the Big Ten Network three times in October, with the first two coming on the road, at No. 15 Indiana (Oct. 7) and at 10th-ranked Iowa (Oct. 20). Head coach Char Morett's Nittany Lions will host the first televised game from Astroturf Field on Fri., Oct. 26 when it welcomes No. 13 Ohio State to Happy Valley for a 6 p.m. contest.

First-year women's soccer head coach Erica Walsh and her No. 7 Nittany Lions will have four games on the Big Ten Network this fall, including three home contests. The Lions will make their debut on the network on Sun., Sept. 16 when they host a key early-season match-up with No. 5 Texas A&M at Jeffrey Field. The Penn State women's soccer team will also have home games versus No. 20 Illinois (Sept. 30) and Indiana (Oct. 28) on the Big Ten Network, along with a road contest at Minnesota (Oct. 22, tape delay).

The Penn State men's soccer team, under the direction of 20-year head coach Barry Gorman, will make its first appearance on the Big Ten Network when it welcomes No. 14 Northwestern to Jeffrey Field for a 7 p.m. contest on Sat., Sept. 29. On Sun., Oct. 28, the network will broadcast the Big Ten Conference's annual marquee match-up between the Nittany Lions and archrival No. 7 Indiana. Game time is set for 3 p.m. in Bloomington.

Launching on Thursday, Aug. 30, the Big Ten Network will televise 350-400 events during its inaugural year, including at least 35 football games, more than 125 men's basketball games, including 64 of the 99 intra-conference games, women's basketball and more than 170 Olympic sport events.

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 (Ch. 220) and AT&T and agreements with more than 90 cable operators within the eight states of the Big Ten. In total, the network currently is available to viewers in more than 16 million homes. The Big Ten Network is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.

The Big Ten Network will air more than 600 hours of Penn State programming during its inaugural year. The vast majority of Penn State's 29 varsity sports will be featured on the Big Ten Network in 2007-08, in addition to at least 60 hours of institutional, non-athletic programming.

To get the Big Ten Network, fans should call 1-866-WANT-B10 and record a message or be patched through to their cable operator and request that the network be a part of their expanded basic package. Comcast customers should call 1-215-665-1700 to request the Big Ten Network.

Big Ten Network Schedule of Penn State Fall Sports Teams (All times ET)


Sat., Sept. 1 Football vs. Florida International 12 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 15 Football vs. Buffalo 12 p.m.

Sun. Sept. 16 Women's Soccer vs. Texas A&M 1 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 29 Men's Soccer vs. Northwestern 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 30 Women's Soccer vs. Illinois 3 p.m.


Sun, Oct. 7 Field Hockey at Indiana 1 p.m.

Wed. Oct. 10 Women's Volleyball vs. Ohio State 8 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 20 Field Hockey at Iowa 4 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 21 Women's Volleyball at Wisconsin 5 p.m. (same day tape delay)

Mon., Oct. 22 Women's Soccer at Minnesota 8 p.m. (tape delay from 10-21)

Fri., Oct. 26 Field Hockey vs. Ohio State 6 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 28 Women's Soccer vs. Indiana 1 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 28 Men's Soccer at Indiana 3 p.m.


Sat., Nov. 10 Women's Volleyball at Michigan State 5 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 21 Women's Volleyball at Ohio State 8 p.m.

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