An Apology From The Big Ten

Purdue fans, your voice has been heard. Mike Vest, a representative from the Big Ten Network, contacted me today as a response from the feedback they received for last night. Apparently, you guys let them know of your frustrations.Mike asked me to pass this on to you fans:

We sincerely apologize, especially to Purdue fans, for our technical difficulties in the Purdue-Western Carolina game last night. We experienced a transmission failure that prevented us from being able to televise the game. We are doing everything necessary to prevent this from ever happening again.

Over the past two years, we have developed a way using new technology to produce many Olympic sports events from our control room in Chicago. It has proved to be a fantastic way to cost-efficiently increase the number of televised games and reduce the number of potential streaming games that would likely otherwise only be available via BTN.com. In light of this success, we have used this method to produce a limited number of non-conference basketball games against lesser opponents and increase our overall number of televised men's basketball games in 2011-12.

We have reinvested that cost savings elsewhere to provide greater resources for more high-profile events such as conference basketball games and to hire talent such as Keith Jackson for Big Ten Icons and Gus Johnson.

From a production quality standpoint, we have been very pleased with these control room events. These events are professionally shot, announced, produced and directed and have nearly all of the same capabilities as a standard event and the overall quality is approximately the same.

However, as with any new technology, there are potential unexpected issues. Last night, we experienced a major on-air technical difficulty for the first time after having produced many events in this fashion. It couldn't have come at a more unfortunate time. Again, we sincerely apologize and are committed to getting it right for every future production.

So there you have it. The Big Ten Network realizes they screwed up, and they are working on it. Let's be civil and realize that sometime, stuff happens. I still would rather have the Big Ten Network and know that every Purdue football and basketball home games will be televised than the way it was before.

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