Indiana and the Big Ten Network
July 24, 2007
BLOOMINGTON - Recently, Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman sat down with Mike Pegram of Inside Indiana to discuss Indiana and the Big Ten Network. Silverman and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany will be on campus today, so be sure to check back with IUHOOOSIERS.com later today for a full transcript of their press conference.
Click here for the full text of the interview on Inside Indiana. The following is an excerpt from the interview.
"With the Big Ten Network set to debut on August 30, network President Mark Silverman took the time this weekend to answer many of the questions that Indiana and other conference team fans have been wondering about. Check out our complete Q&A:
Q - For quite a long time Indiana basketball fans have been able to watch most every game that IU plays on television or at least had the opportunity to watch each game. Many are now concerned that might be in danger with the new network....
One of the key attributes of the network is that we are bringing a significant amount of Indiana and Big Ten coverage. Every Indiana game, every basketball or football game will be nationally televised with the one caveat being a regionalization early in the season when there are several games going on at once. It might not be full coverage across the country for football. It is a significant amount of more games. I know in the past there have been many Indiana football games that were not even televised and now not only are they televised, but they are going out. They are going to be to a large extent across the country.
Basketball games I know for the most part have been on, at least locally, but now we are able to take all those games and they are on across the country. I know the coaches that I have talked to about this network are thrilled that recruits they are looking for across the country are going to be able to see every game. They are going to be able to get a much better sense of the program and improve the recruit aspect that the school is looking for. We think it is going to be a great benefit to Indiana and everyone we have talked to at the university agrees.
Q - It really sounds like Indiana football fans will be seeing more of their Hoosiers....
If I had to guess, I can easily see seven games. Maybe five to seven, possibly even eight games this year on the Big Ten Network. The Indiana game at Western Michigan in week two the conference doesn't own rights to, but other than that game, every other game is a potential one if it is not picked up by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. So I am assuming a number of Indiana football games. So I think you are right, they are definitely going to receive a huge benefit from being on our network.
The benefit is just not the added games it is the analysis, more highlights, interviews....I just think we are going to be able to expose the program in a much more in-depth manner. I think it will be for a school like Indiana that has been more looked at as a basketball school to hopefully give football more of an opportunity to improve its stature across the country.
Click here for the rest of the interview on Inside Indiana."
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