Penn State has narrow lead entering final month of Big Ten Bobblethon

University Park, Pa. — Penn State and its Big Ten Icon, Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti, have a narrow lead entering the final month of the Big Ten Icons "Bobblethon."

Penn State and Michigan (Charles Woodson bobblehead) have swapped the lead several times during the past two weeks. The Big Ten Icon bobblehead that receives the most clicks as of Saturday, July 31 will earn $10,000 in scholarships for the winning institution’s alumni association.

Since March, Big Ten fans have been logging onto www.BigTenIcons.com and clicking on their favorite bobblehead. Fans can vote once a day through July 31. In addition to the $10,000 for the alumni association’s scholarship fund, fans also will have a chance to win a trip for two to a Big Ten football game of their choice and other great prizes.

Beginning this fall, the Big Ten Network will celebrate the Big Ten Conference’s greatest athletes with its most ambitious project in its three-year history: a multi-platform event whose centerpiece is a new 20-episode series, Big Ten Icons, hosted by legendary college sports broadcaster Keith Jackson.

The show debuts Sept. 18 following a Big Ten Network football telecast in which Icon No. 20 will be revealed. The countdown continues every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring. The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Prior to the show’s on-air launch, Icons 50 through 21 will be revealed online daily beginning in early September at www.BigTenIcons.com and www.facebook.com/BigTenIcons. The website will include a text and video feature on each Icon.

The Big Ten Network is available in approximately 75 million homes in the United States and Canada, including 19 of the top U.S. 20 markets. Available on more than 300 cable, telco and satellite providers, the network is available on cable in 46 states.

In Pennsylvania, Adams, Armstrong, Blue Ridge and MetroCast Cable do not carry the Big Ten Network. Armstrong and Blue Ridge remain the two largest cable companies within the eight Big Ten states that have yet to reach agreement to carry the network.

About the Big Ten Network: The Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With approximately 350 live events, and nearly all of them in HD, the network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. The network operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, showcasing a wide array of classic-to-current sports and televising more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. Each year, the network offers between 35 and 40 football games, 105 regular season men’s basketball games; 55 women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games.

Available to all cable and satellite providers nationwide and in Canada, the network currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, DirecTV, DISH Network, Atlantic Broadband, Bright House, Cablevision, CATV Service, Charter, Comcast, Cox (Omaha, Cleveland, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas), Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, Nittany Media, RCN, Rogers Cable (Canada), Service Electric, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable, Western Broadband, Windstream and WOW.

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