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Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

NBC SPORTS CHICAGO TO CARRY LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2018 IHSA BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (MARCH 9-10 & MARCH 16-17)

Network to televise LIVE coverage of the Class 1A-4A IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships from Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena over the next two weekends

PLUS — Live streaming coverage of EVERY IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecast – including surrounding pre/postgame coverage – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app
 

NBCSportsChicago.com/Preps to air highlight packages from all semifinal, consolation, and championship games;

“High School Lites” IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships recap special to air Sat, Mar. 17 at 10:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (March 6, 2018) NBC Sports Chicago, the home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Championships, will be airing LIVE cross-platform coverage of “America’s Original March Madness,” the 2018 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17 (Class 3A & 4A) from the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in Peoria, IL.  Over the next two weekends, Illinois preps hoops fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed semifinal, consolation and championship battle starting each Friday at 11:00 AM CT featuring four, live semifinal match-ups, along with a pair of consolation and two huge state championship title games on Saturday.  Plus – EVERY game will be telecast in a high-definition (HD) format.  The 2018 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

In addition — EVERY IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be streamed LIVE on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can watch live IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Several IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecasts will air live on NBC Sports Chicago+…NBC Sports Chicago+ is located on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area and in South Bend, IN, and on ch. 285 in Comcast/Xfinity’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (http://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/channel-finder) or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state.
  • For teams playing in the St. Louis designated market area (DMA), fans will be able to catch all the action via Madison Communications.  Viewers in the St. Louis DMA can contact Madison Communications at 1-855-572-8750 or infomtc@madisontelco.com for exact channel location details.
  • Fans can interact via Twitter throughout the entire Boys Basketball Tournament by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.   In addition, fans are urged to visit NBC Sports Chicago’s official preps Twitter handle (@NBCSPreps) for up-to-the-minute tournament news, scores, and more 24/7.

In addition, NBCSportsChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (NBCSportsChicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games over the next two weekends, plus – NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to a special IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships recap edition of High School Lites on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 PM for a complete rundown of every boys championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews.

The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the 2018 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships over the next two weekends (all times Central Time) (play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses):

FRIDAY, MARCH 9
11:00 AM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Siera Santos)
12:45 PM –      Class 1A Semifinal #2: (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Siera Santos)
5:30 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)
7:15 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)

SATURDAY, MARCH 10
11:00 AM –      Class 1A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Siera Santos)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
12:45 PM –      Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Siera Santos)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
5:30 PM –        Class 2A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)
7:15 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Siera Santos)

FRIDAY, MARCH 16
11:00 AM –      Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/Katy Winge)
12:45 PM –      Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/Katy Winge)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
5:30 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Katy Winge)
(NOTE: This game will air in its entirety on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area…ALSO, this game will be joined in progress on the main NBC Sports Chicago channel location immediately following the network’s Cubs at White Sox spring training baseball coverage.)
7:15 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Katy Winge)

SATURDAY, MARCH 17
11:00 AM –      Class 3A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/Katy Winge)
12:45 PM –      Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/Katy Winge)
5:30 PM –        Class 4A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Katy Winge)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)
7:15 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Katy Winge)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)