Hello world!

Hello, and welcome to BTNExtra Points. This is where members of the BTN PR team will give fans more insight and information about what goes on at BTN. We may expand on a press release, offer an update on an issue fans are talking about, or give you a behind-the-scenes look at a show or a feature.

We expect to post at least once a week, and more if needed.

Let me tell you a little more about who you’ll be hearing from.

I joined BTN in March 2007, before the network launched. We’ve come a long way, celebrating our five-year anniversary last August and are now available to more than 80 million homes. My career has been in corporate public relations, public affairs, and university media relations, so working at BTN has been a terrific combination of all three. While I am an OSU graduate, I now say “they’re all my schools,” and root for every Big Ten team. (Even THAT one.)

Tina Manzo is our communications manager, responsible for day-to-day media relations and managing our customer service operation. She joined BTN in March 2012 from Trion Worlds, a video gaming company, and had previously worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Playboy Enterprises. She’s a proud Spartan fan.

And Derek Reinglass is our communications coordinator. Derek is a Chicago native who has deep Big Ten roots, with degrees from both Iowa and Indiana. His heart bleeds for all Chicago sports teams, particularly the Bulls.