DirecTV has designated 220 as the Big Ten Network's channel and also has committed "overflow" channels at no additional charge to subscribers to accommodate the many occasions when the network produces multiple games simultaneously. Dear Penn Stater, On August 30, a new television network dedicated to showcasing the Big Ten will be launched nationwide. The Big Ten Network is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the 11 Big Ten universities and a major television provider. Through the network, fans will get to see an unprecedented number of Big Ten sporting events, including football and basketball. Penn State and the other Big Ten universities will receive increased regional and national exposure while also establishing a stable source of funding to supplement our existing Big Ten contracts with CBS (basketball) and ABC/ESPN (football). As a strong supporter of the Nittany Lions, the most important thing you can do to get the network is to contact your cable or satellite company to ask that the Big Ten Network be added to your basic package. Please call 1-866-WANT-B10 to tell your cable operator that you want the Big Ten Network on your basic cable package. This additional revenue will provide substantial assistance to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and the operation of our 29 men's and women's varsity programs. Our mission of providing a broad-based athletic experience for all of our student-athletes, while remaining completely self-supporting*no student tuition or state-appropriated dollars*remains more realistic as a result of the Big Ten Network. While still facing real financial challenges, Penn State Athletics is better positioned to pursue the Success with Honor that Nittany Lions worldwide have come to enjoy and expect. Programming that will be featured on the network and/or on other alternative platforms, like the Internet, mobile/wireless, interactive, and on-demand includes: 75 Nittany Lion events this season, including: Four football games; Approximately 22 men's basketball games; Women's basketball; Olympic sports including soccer, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball; A nightly studio show including segments from each campus; Big Ten championship events, classic games, and coaches' shows; 60 hours of campus programming produced at Penn State. The wide appeal of Penn State sports calls for widespread distribution of the Big Ten Network. If you live in the state of Illinois, then you should receive the Big Ten Network among the 70 or so channels included with your standard or basic level of service. That service typically includes channels such as the Travel Channel, the Jewelry Channel, the Food Channel, the Golf Channel, Versus, and a regional sports network. Many cable operators own these regional sports networks and all of them are carried on the basic level of service. The Big Ten Network is in discussions with all cable and satellite providers nationwide. National agreements have been reached with DirecTV and AT&T, and regional agreements are in place with more than 75 other cable providers. All agreements call for the network to be offered on the standard or basic level of service. DirecTV has designated 220 as the Big Ten Network's channel and also has committed "overflow" channels at no additional charge to subscribers to accommodate the many occasions when the network produces multiple games simultaneously. I encourage you, as a Penn State alumnus, to voice your support and concern. Call 1-866-WANT-B10, and then go to http://www.BigTenNetwork.com to join Fans First, our fan loyalty program, to receive regular updates on the Big Ten Network. Thanks for your support of Penn State Athletics. And go Nittany Lions!