What Can the Big Ten Network Do for Me?

Erin McLaughlinSenior Analyst IIJune 25, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Javon Ringer #23 Michigan State Spartans looks for running room between Terrance Taylor #67 and John Thompson #49 of the Michigan Wolverines during a first quarter run on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Recently, I wrote an article about not being able to follow Michigan as well as I would like. I live in Hawaii, and they show regional and headline games. It wasn't hard for me to follow them the first nine years out here because they were good. However, last year they were rebuilding and very few games were shown out here.

That made it difficult for me to develop any kind of emotional connection with the players. The fact that most of the players under the old regime left made it even harder. Now I was stuck with players that I don't know and I couldn't get to know because they weren't shown as much.

Now I hear that less Michigan games will be shown out here this year for regional coverage. That could change if Michigan starts winning of course.

One option I was introduced to since that article was the Big Ten Network. Then I found out that it was available in Hawaii. I was excited to find that out. Now I am definitely wanting to order it, but first I do have some questions.

Michigan is not the only team in the Big Ten, so how do I know I will be able to see Michigan every week?

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Are the games shown live? Watching a replay of a Michigan game is all fine and good as long as I don't know the score, but c'mon we know how impossible that is.

Does the Big Ten Network give me options of which Big Ten game I want to see live? Of course that is Michigan, but what if a different game is on while Michigan is playing?