We're now 38 days away from the beginning of the 2014-15 college basketball season for the Big Ten and to celebrate let's remember that this past season the Big Ten led the nation in attendance for the 38th consecutive season.
The Big Ten was able to do so thanks to averaging an attendance of 13,534 per home game, luring 2,896,322 people throughout the 2013-14 season. This was also the 22nd year in a row that the conference has saw a total attendance mark of over two million and nine programs in the conference finished in the top 25 in average attendance, with Indiana leading the pack at sixth. Following the Hoosiers were Wisconsin (7th), Ohio State (8th), Nebraska (13th), Illinois (15th), Iowa (17th), Michigan State (18th), Purdue (23rd) and Michigan (24th).
Speaking of the Big Ten, the network recently launched an improved BTN2Go Platform. I, unfortunately, haven't been able to use it (or the previous version) because I have no idea what our ISP e-mail is and can't login to the site (oops). The new platform is apparently supposed to offer a much improved interface and mobile viewing experience, though most criticisms I've read on the networks digital offerings usually have been pertaining to the quality of the video feeds, which are more likely to utilize schools in-house feeds from what I've seen.
Also, BTN Plus is now accessible on smartphones and tablets, though that requires an additional subscription and really seems to be for people who want to follow their respective schools non-revenue programs (which include everything from the main sports to water polo and field hockey).
It should probably be noted, though, that BTN Plus also usually airs the exhibition games prior to the season and BTN utilizes their digital offerings to cover a lot of the non-conference games for the less popular Big Ten programs. Nonetheless, it's nice to see the network at least attempt to streamline and improve their digital offerings.