HIGHLAND – The Region Sports Network and WJOB are teaming up for the 2018 “Tournament Takeover”,  which will provide basketball fans in Northwest Indiana live coverage from four boys basketball sectional sites, as well as several game broadcasts from the Big 10 basketball tournament in New York.

“Region Sports and WJOB getting together for the ‘Tournament Takeover’ is a natural fit,” RSN Sports Director Nathan Laird said. “Separately, each of us already provide fantastic coverage of Region sports during the regular season, but working together in the post season means we can provide wall to wall coverage of both tournaments – something that’s never been done before at this level. And because neither one of us will be stretched too thin, the quality won’t suffer at all – in fact it should improve.”

Region Sports and WJOB will have live video streams from the boys basketball sectionals at Lake Central (Class 4A Sectional #1), Chesterton ( Class 4A Sectional #2), the Hammond Civic Center (Class 3A Sectional #17) and Whiting (Class 2A Sectional #33), giving fans no shortage of options when it comes to following the tournament. 

Live video broadcasts will be available on regionsports.com, Facebook.com/Regionsports and Facebook.com/WJOB1230. Radio broadcasts can be heard at AM 1230 WJOB, 104.7 FM and 1230wjob.comThe Big 10 Men’s Basketball tournament will be live on am1230 WJOB and WJOB-FM 104.7. All told, fans can expect as many as 40 games to be carried across all venues.

“We have been doing Facebook Live since it came out in 2015, but to broadcast live video from four sites at the same time will be a new challenge for us and Region Sports,” Jim Dedelow of WJOB said. “Facebook Live really is the new radio. Fans want local games on their phones – now. And athletes and coaches deserve video coverage of perhaps the biggest games of their career.”

Region Sports Executive Producer Chris Ramirez is looking forward to working with WJOB once again. “We’re going to try co-operating with each other instead of competing. If we’re successful it’ll mean more quality local sports programming for Northwest Indiana,” he said. “We’ve teamed up before with good results and I have a feeling that’s going to be the case this time too.”

The 2018 basketball state tournament tips-off on Tuesday, February 27. The 2018 Men’s Big 10 Tournament tips off Wednesday, February 28.

Nathan Laird

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