‘Big Ten Ticket’ will make football, men’s basketball telecasts available online outside U.S., Canada

CHICAGO – Big Ten fans around the globe will be able to watch their favorite football and men’s basketball teams beginning this fall with “Big Ten Ticket,” the Big Ten Network’s new international streaming package.

All televised Big Ten Network football and men’s basketball games will be available live and on-demand online to viewers living outside of the United States and Canada on

“The Big Ten Network has made a significant financial investment in the latest streaming equipment and technology. As a result, fans will see their games with a clarity that is comparable to high definition,” Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said. “We are thoroughly pleased to be able to offer these games to Big Ten fans living abroad and help them feel a little closer to home.”

Fans will be able to select from three service options: the “Single-Game Pass,” the “School Pass,” which covers every Big Ten Network football and men’s basketball telecast for one school and the “Conference” pass, which covers every Big Ten Network football and men’s basketball telecast for every Big Ten school during the 2009-10 season. Fans will be able to make their selections at beginning in late August.

The Big Ten Network will televise between 35-40 football games and 105 regular season men’s basketball games, plus three Big Ten Tournament games, in 2009-10. The 2009 Big Ten Network football schedule includes the home openers for nine Big Ten teams, beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, with Indiana vs. Eastern Kentucky.

About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first nationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; Big Ten Tonight, a nightly studio show; coaches’ shows; and classic games. Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 250 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas), DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information on the Big Ten Network, go to