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BTN good if you can get it on TV

April 29, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
Some random observations while hoping the Big Ten Network can strike a deal with Comcast soon.

n It’s a groundbreaking endeavor: a television network dedicated to a college sports conference, but the big splash that should have happened when the network went on the air last summer was more like just a ripple in the water.

The Big Ten Network is currently available only as part of satellite television and small cable packages. The large cable providers are still in negotiations to carry the programming. When the deal is finally done, not only will fans have the chance to watch college football and basketball, but also the sports that receive very little television coverage. Women’s sports will especially benefit from the company’s mission statement.

The BTN features a regular “Sportscenter”-type show that focuses on women’s athletics, and the network is carrying most of the conference championships in one way or another.

n Penn State played host to the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships over the weekend. (The event will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network in May).

Purdue ran away with the team title while the Boilermakers’ top gun, Maria Hernandez, took home the individual crown. Penn State did a fantastic job hosting the event at the Blue Course, which is open to the public.

n Disc golf (or frisbee golf) is growing in popularity around the country, and here in our region.

The sport allows participants of all ages to enjoy the outdoors while trying to throw small discs into metal baskets. There is a beautiful course at Valley View Park in Altoona.

n Some will question, and even criticize Justin King for his early-entry into the NFL draft, especially after being picked in the fourth round.

But there is one thing that will keep the star defensive back from regretting the decision to forgo his final year of college football: his Penn State degree. With his education, his strong family and his strong faith, King will be a success on and off the football field.

Goodman can be reached at Her column appears every Tuesday.

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