Sept. 16, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin campus will be the first stop on a tour of Big Ten country for ESPN2’s SportsNation next week, with the show broadcasting from Madison on Monday.
SportsNation will be on the road Monday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 23, televising live 3-4 p.m. CT, from the campuses of UW, the University of Iowa, University of Michigan and Penn State.
In addition to airing on ESPN2, a SportsNation Big Ten segment will appear on all episodes of ESPN’s SportsCenter next week.
SportsNation’s first stop will be the Memorial Union on UW’s campus on Monday, Sept. 20. Overlooking scenic Lake Mendota, the Union is one of the most popular gathering places for Wisconsin students.
Joining the SportsNation crew will be head football coach Bret Bielema and junior running back John Clay, along with the UW Spirit Squad and Bucky Badger. UW students and fans are encouraged to come out to the Union to watch and participate in the show.
The ESPN2 program co-hosted by Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle incorporates user-generated polls and games based on the days’ leading sports news into a fun, interactive show. Each episode aired live on campus will feature polls and games involving the respective host university’s football program along with special guests.
“The Big Ten Conference has some of the most rabid fans in all of college football and having their intensity on set is going to take the show to a crazy new level,” said Cowherd. “I know that our show has a huge following of college kids and I’m fired up to get the chance to be face to face with them.”
“I’m used to feeding off the energy of our in-studio crowd but this is going to be a whole new ball game," Beadle said. "The feel of a live college football game combined with the always passionate Big Ten students will be parallel to none.”