Monday, October 08, 2007
The Big Ten Network is scheduled to broadcast a program they are dubbing "Big Ten Tonight: Basketball Tip-Off Edition" where they will jump from school to school to bring you Midnight Madness from 5 of the Conference's schools.
The Big Ten Network will be live on the campuses of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin for their versions of Midnight Madness. The network show, BIG TEN TONIGHT: BASKETBALL TIP-OFF EDITION, airs at 9:30 PM ET Friday, Oct. 12.God that is such a great idea. I know ESPN has featured some in the past, but no one cares about one team enough for it to carry a whole program. They should just schedule every school's Midnight Madnesses on the same night and just switch back and forth through each.
The 90-minute program will feature live coverage from Illinois' "Illini Madness," "Hoosier Hysteria" at Indiana, Michigan State's "Midnight Madness," "Tubby's Tipoff" at Minnesota and Wisconsin's "Night of the Grateful Red."
Dave Revsine will anchor the show from Big Ten Network studios in Chicago. On-site reporters will provide live look-ins from Champaign, Bloomington, East Lansing, Minneapolis and Madison for team introductions, three-point and dunk contests, and the pep bands, and all the hype and hoopla that come with a new basketball season.
Well ESPN wouldn't be able to pull that off because UNC and Duke would account for 90% of the programming, but you get the idea.
(Source: Big 10 Press Release via Extra P)