Amid Coronavirus Concerns, Non-Essential Big Ten Network Personnel Won't Cover B1G Men's Basketball Tourney Onsite

By 11W Staff on March 7, 2020 at 7:50 am
The Big Ten men's basketball tournament begins next Wednesday in Indianapolis.
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Out of an abundance of caution amid the coronavirus outbreak, non-essential Big Ten Network personnel will not attend the B1G men's basketball tournament in Indianapolis next week, including Dave Revsine and the rest of the network's studio team. 

Instead, the network will keep Revsine and company at the Big Ten Network studios headquarters in Chicago to execute their typical coverage consisting of pregame, halftime and postgame coverage, as well as "The B1G Show." 

While the studio team will sit this year's event out – at least from an on-location perspective – BTN is sending it's normal amount of what it would consider to be essential staff in the form of play-by-play announcers, color commentators and other production crew to Banker's Life Fieldhouse. 

BTN broadcasts all of the tournament games scheduled Wednesday through Friday before yielding to CBS for Saturday's semifinals action and Sunday's conference championship.   

While other large venue events, sporting or otherwise, have seen a mix of decisions to outright cancel, restrict attendance, or proceed as normal, the Big Ten tournament itself, thus far, expects to move forward as planned. 

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