Big Ten Network and Volleyball World announce distribution partnership

The Big Ten Network and Volleyball World today announced an unprecedented, multi-year distribution partnership that will enhance the promotion and coverage of the nation’s leading volleyball convention around the world. As part of the agreement, 70+ Big Ten volleyball matches will be shown on VolleyballWorld.tv.

VolleyballWorld.tv will provide its customers with the following content from the Big Ten Network:

  • Live streaming of approximately 50 televised Big Ten Network volleyball matches outside North America and some Caribbean islands
  • Access to 28 matches from the B1G+ inventory – those matches are played in B1G+ . will also air simultaneously
  • “At the Net,” the Big Ten Network’s multiplatform, behind-the-scenes look at the entire conference’s personalities and programs, will be made available on Volleyballworld.tv.

“Volleyball World’s emerging platform provides an excellent opportunity to deliver elite-level volleyball content to new and existing fans,” said Michael Calderon, senior vice president of programming and digital media at BTN. “Since its launch last year, Volleyball World has established itself as a premier destination for the international volleyball community and we are excited about the role Big Ten Volleyball plays in the growth of the sport.”

Minnesota volleyball coach and New Zealand native Hugh McCutcheon shares his thoughts on the new partnership.

“As a current coach in the Big Ten and former chairman of the FIVB Technical and Coaching Commission, I couldn’t be more excited about this incredibly important collaboration,” said McCutcheon. “The Big Ten Network and Volleyball World understand the importance of growing our game and for this, it is truly unprecedented to provide volleyball fans around the world the opportunity to watch B1G volleyball on this global platform.”

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Launched in February of 2021, Volleyball World is a partnership between FIVB and CVC Capital Partners that aims to foster growth, innovation and investment in volleyball around the world. Volleyball World aims to create an integrated ecosystem connecting all volleyball stakeholders together through both digital and live events.

Finn Taylor, CEO of Volleyball World, said: “Our partnership with the Big Ten Network represents a next step in our continued mission to connect volleyball fans in the US and around the world with their favorite sport.”

“The Big Ten Conference is the most competitive volleyball competition in North America, and we are excited to bring these matches to fans every week. Adding Big Ten matches to our rapidly growing portfolio of the world’s best volleyball is a great way to increase visibility. about the sport and provides our audience with a unique opportunity to watch future stars evolve in front of the millions of people watching on Volleyball World.”

The full schedule of events on Big Ten Network, B1G+ and VolleyballWorld.tv will be announced in due course.

About Volleyball World

Volleyball World is a new partnership between FIVB and CVC Capital Partners that aims to foster growth, innovation and investment in volleyball around the world. It aims to create an integrated ecosystem connecting all volleyball stakeholders (fans, athletes, corporate partners) together through both digital and live events. Volleyball World is responsible for the commercial operation of major volleyball and beach volleyball international events, including: the World Championships, the Volleyball Nations League, the Olympic Qualifiers and the Beach Pro Tour.

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About Big Ten Network

A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the major collegiate conferences in the country. With over 1,700 events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni nationwide to watch their favorite teams, no matter where they live. The Fox Sports app is a digital extension of the Big Ten Network, providing live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphone, and tablet. Network events include soccer, men’s and women’s basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events, studio shows, and classic games. B1G+ is a subscription streaming service for thousands of live non-television games, next-day on-demand archives, 14 school channels programmed 24 hours a day, and access to the Big Ten Network’s library of past season classics and original programming. Original programming highlights the activities and achievements of some of the best universities in the country, including the Emmy-nominated The Journey. The network is run by all major video distributors in the United States and Canada, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Xfinity, Altice USA, Cox Contour TV, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and throughout About 300 additional video providers in North America. The Big Ten Network is also available through most streaming providers, including DIRECTV Streams, fuboTV, Hulu+ Live TV, Sling TV, Vidgo, and YouTube TV. Please visit www.btn.com for additional information.

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