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Turner Sports (TS) is the subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia responsible for sports broadcasts on channels including TBS, TNT, AT&T SportsNet, TruTV, and for operating the digital media outlets NCAA.com, NBA.com, PGATour.com and PGA.com, as well as Bleacher Report, and its streaming service, B/R Live. Turner Sports also operates NBA TV on behalf of the NBA, and owns a minority share in the MLB Network.
|Owner||WarnerMedia News & Sports|
|Key people||Lenny Daniels (President)|
|Major broadcasting contracts|
Turner's sports coverage began in the 1970s, with separate TBS Sports and TNT Sports brands used until 1995, when the unified Turner Sports branding began usage. The rebrand was accompanied by an intro and outro sequence featuring the voice of CNN Headline News anchor Don Harrison and music from Edd Kalehoff.
In March 2018, Turner Sports announced to launch B/R Live, a subscription video streaming service, featuring live broadcasts of several sports events.
Turner also owned WPCH-TV, the former WTBS, which was the longtime television home for Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves. This relationship ended after the 2013 season. WPCH-TV was itself sold to Meredith Corporation in 2017.
Following AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner in 2018, it was announced in March 2019 that the Turner Broadcasting System would be dissolved, and its assets dispersed into Warner Bros. and two new units. Turner Sports will be combined with CNN and AT&T SportsNet into a new division known as WarnerMedia News & Sports, led by CNN president Jeff Zucker.
In October 2020, Turner Sports announced a partnership with DraftKings to be the exclusive provider of daily fantasy and sports betting information for most Turner Sports and Bleacher Report properties, excluding the NBA due to its league-wide deal with competitor FanDuel.
- NBA on TNT (1989-present)
- Major League Baseball on TBS (2007–present)
- 13 Sunday afternoon games (2007–2021)
- Tuesday Night games (starting in 2022) (number of games TBA)
- One Wild Card Game (alternating with ESPN (2007–2019, 2021–present))
- One AL Wild Card Series (other 7 wild card series on ESPN/ABC) (2020)
- Both Division Series matchups (alternating with FS1/MLB Network (2007–present))
- One League Championship Series (alternating with FS1/Fox (2007–present))
- Spanish language simulcasts on CNN en Español (2016–present)
- NHL on Turner Sports(2021-present)
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (2011–present)
- ELeague (Turner Sports/WME-IMG Partnership, since 2016)
- The Match series (2018–present)
Other television propertiesEdit
- NBA TV (managed on behalf of the NBA)
- TNT Sports (Argentina), TNT Sports (Brazil), TNT Sports (Chile) and TNT Sports (Mexico) operated by Turner Latin America
Turner Sports InteractiveEdit
- Bleacher Report
- In February 2019, Turner announced a deal with casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corporation to open a Bleacher Report studio in the sportsbook at Caesars Palace to produce sports betting programming and gaming-related editorial content. The new studio is expected to begin distributing this content by early summer 2019.
- NASCAR.COM (2001 - 2013)
- NASCAR's comprehensive digital and social media portfolio includes NASCAR.COM, the official online destination of NASCAR which provides racing enthusiasts with an all-inclusive offering of engaging content including fantasy games, video highlights, social elements and in-depth editorial content. NASCAR.COM, and the sport's other digital and social media platforms, were managed by Turner Sports from 2001 to 2013.
- PGATOUR.COM (2006 - 2012)
- Turner Sports New Media partnered with the PGA TOUR to produce and sell PGATOUR.com, the official site of the PGA TOUR.
- UEFA (2018–19 until most matches at the round of 16 in 2019–20, originally until 2020–21)
- UEFA Champions League
- UEFA Europa League
- Final on TNT
- All matches on B/R Live for subscribers or pay-per-match.
- Select qualification stage matches on B/R Live
- UEFA Super Cup (2018 and 2019 only)
- UEFA Youth League
- Atlanta Hawks basketball
- Atlanta Flames NHL hockey
- Atlanta Chiefs NASL soccer
- College Basketball on TBS (1982–1986)
- College Football on TBS (1982–2006)
- Goodwill Games (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001)
- Braves TBS Baseball (1973–2007)
- Gator Bowl (1993–1994)
- NASCAR on TBS (1983–2000)
- NBA on TBS (1984-2002, Still used as an overflow feed for the NBA on TNT)
- NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship (2016 & 2017)
- Southeastern Conference sports
- U.S. Olympic Gold (1989–1992)
- WCW Thunder (1998–2001)
- World Championship Wrestling (1972–2001)
- NFL on TNT (1990–1997)
- Olympics on TNT (1992, 1994, 1998) (co-produced with CBS)
- Tennis on TNT (2000–2002)
- FIFA World Cup (1990)
- Women's United Soccer Association
- NASCAR on TNT (2001–2014) (co-produced with NBC from 2001 to 2006)
- WCW Monday Nitro (1995–2001)
- Alliance of American Football (2019) (co-produced with CBS/CBS Sports Network/NFL Network)
- Golf on TNT
- PGA Championship (through 2019)
- First and second rounds, early coverage of third and fourth.
- PGA Championship (through 2019)
- Title Night (1998–2000) (co-produced with CBS)
Notable Turner Sports personalities (past and present)Edit
^D denotes deceased.
- Kate Abdo
- Kenny Albert
- Marv Albert
- David Aldridge
- Adam Alexander
- Brian Anderson
- Debbie Antonelli
- Ian Baker-Finch
- Charles Barkley
- Rick Barry
- Brent Barry
- Allen Bestwick
- Eric Bischoff
- Carter Blackburn
- Dan Bonner
- Thom Brennaman
- Bob Brenly
- Hubie Brown
- Lisa Byington
- Chip Caray
- Skip CarayD
- Andrew Catalon
- Vince Cellini
- Doug Collins
- Wally Dallenbach Jr.
- Ron Darling
- Seth Davis
- Spero Dedes
- Dennis Eckersley
- Ian Eagle
- Marc Fein
- Mike Fratello
- Rick Fox
- Kevin Garnett
- Curtis Granderson
- Wayne Gretzky
- Greg Gumbel
- Pat Haden
- Grant Hill
- Kevin Harlan
- Brendan Haywood
- Scott Hudson
- Jim Jackson
- Dana Jacobson
- Avery Johnson
- Ernie Johnson, Jr.
- Ernie Johnson, Sr.D
- Gus Johnson
- Magic Johnson
- Lewis Johnson
- Mike Joy
- Steve Kerr
- Rick Kamla
- Clark Kellogg
- Allie LaForce
- Steve Lavin
- Adam Lefkoe
- Verne Lundquist
- Kristen Ledlow
- Buck Martinez
- Tom McCarthy
- Larry McReynolds
- Cheryl Miller
- Reggie Miller
- Pedro Martínez
- Chris Myers
- Jim Nantz
- Steve Nash
- Bob Neal
- Shaquille O'Neal
- Brad Nessler
- Eddie Olczyk
- Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
- Candace Parker
- Benny ParsonsD
- Phil Parsons
- Kyle Petty
- Bill Raftery
- Cal Ripken Jr.
- A.J. Ross
- Jim Ross
- Vince Russo
- Craig SagerD
- Wally Szczerbiak
- Casey Stern
- Gene Steratore
- Dennis Scott
- Steve Smith
- Tony Schiavone
- Lauren Shehadi
- Ralph Sheheen
- Joe Simpson
- Kenny Smith
- John Smoltz
- Gary Sheffield
- Marty Snider
- Gordon Solie
- Jim Spanarkel
- Dick Stockton
- Don Sutton
- Mike Tenay
- Isiah Thomas
- Reggie Theus
- John Thompson
- Jeff Van Gundy
- Pete van WierenD
- Tom Verducci
- Evan Washburn
- Bill Weber
- Chris Webber
- Dwyane Wade
- David Wells
- Matt Winer
- Tracy Wolfson
- Matt Yocum
- Adam Zucker
Notes and referencesEdit
- Friedlander, Whitney (July 9, 2014). "Turner Sports Ups Lenny Daniels to President". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- Bercovici, Jeff (August 6, 2012). "Turner Buys Bleacher Report, Next-Gen Sports Site, for $175M-Plus". Forbes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- Spangler, Todd (March 27, 2017). "Turner Sports Unveils 'Bleacher Report Live' Pay-Streaming Service". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- Feiner, Lauren (March 4, 2019). "WarnerMedia reorganizes its leadership team after AT&T acquisition". CNBC.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
- Young, Jabari (15 October 2020). "DraftKings strikes another media partnership, this time with AT&T's Turner Sports". CNBC. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
- "Turner Sports and Major League Baseball Reach Seven-Year Media Rights Extension Through 2028". WarnerMedia.com (Press release). Warner Media, LLC. September 24, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
- Fang, Ken [@fangsbites] (October 7, 2016). ".@MLB has released the times for the League Division Series for Monday and beyond" (Tweet). Retrieved October 15, 2016 – via Twitter.
- "The NHL Comes to Turner".
- "Turner, WME-IMG Get in the Esports Game With Own League". adage.com. 23 September 2015.
- Spangler, Todd (September 24, 2015). "Turner, WME/IMG Form E-Sports League, With TBS to Air Live Events". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "CBS Sports, Turner Broadcasting, NCAA Reach 14-Year Agreement". NCAA.com (Press release). Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 21, 2010. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "Turner wins NCAA digital rights". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures, LLC. Associated Press. September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- Russ, Hilary (February 7, 2019). "Turner Sports inks deal with Caesars for Bleacher Report betting..." Reuters. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "Turner Sports Acquires NASCAR's Internet Rights; NASCAR Online to be Produced by Turner Sports". WarnerMedia. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
- September 12; 2006. "Turner Sports New Media, PGA Tour Ink Multi-Year Web Deal". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2020-08-18.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
- Selbe, Nick. "Report: Turner to Opt Out of UEFA Champions League Deal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
- Ourand, John (February 24, 2017). "Turner's Soccer Shocker". SportsBusinessDaily.com. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- Bupp, Phillip (July 31, 2018). "Turner Sports to broadcast 46 Champions League matches on TNT, offer B/R Live subscription on per match basis". AwfulAnnouncing.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". NCAA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
- "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". Turner Sports. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
- "Report: Turner secures US streaming rights for SPL". SportsPro. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
- "Where to find soccer leagues and competitions on US TV and streaming".
- "Legendary Hall of Fame Broadcaster Marv Albert Announces His Retirement Following TNT's Coverage of 2021 NBA Eastern Conference Finals". pressroom.warnermedia.com. WarnerMedia. May 17, 2021. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
- "Ernie Johnson bio". www.turner.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Catch up with Turner Sports rising star Roslyn Gold-Onwude". TheShadowLeague.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- "Dwyane Wade signs deal to be NBA Analyst for TNT". www.espn.com. Retrieved October 22, 2019.