The Big Ten Network has doubled its commitment to several sports this season by streaming at least 200 live events on its Web site.
Streamed events on www.BigTenNetwork.com will primarily consist of women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's exhibition basketball and a limited number of non-conference games, wrestling, men's ice hockey, baseball and softball games during this academic year.
Women's hoops, in particular, will gain the most from the streaming play, with approximately 100 contests on tap. Coupled with 55 games on the linear service, Big Ten Network officials say women's basketball will receive more exposure than in any other conference.
"The Big Ten Network's investment includes a massive upgrade in equipment, including the use of state-of-the-art, portable production kits. As a result, fans will see these games with a significantly improved clarity," Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman said in a statement. "In future years, the network's streaming initiative will likely expand to other Big Ten sports to provide even more coverage to sports that previously received none and to offer students even more opportunities to produce events."