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Turner Sports
Turner Sports logo.svg
Launched1975; 47 years ago (1975)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
Key peopleLenny Daniels (President)[1]
Luis Silberwasser (Chairman)[2][3]
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Major broadcasting contracts
Sister networkEurosport
Original language(s)English
Official websitepressroom.warnermedia.com/us/brands/turner-sports

Turner Sports is a sports division of Warner Bros. Discovery that is responsible for sports broadcasts on various channels. Formerly the sports division of Turner Broadcasting System, its sports operations include the TBS, TNT, AT&T SportsNet, TruTV and Motor Trend channels, as well as the online digital media outlets for the NCAA, NBA, PGATour, and PGA. It also operates Bleacher Report, and its streaming service, B/R Live, as well as NBA TV on behalf of the NBA. It also owns Motor Trend Group and a minority share in the MLB Network.

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 August 2012, Turner Sports bought the sports news website Bleacher Report for an estimated $200 million.[4] In March 2018, Turner Sports announced to launch B/R Live, a subscription video streaming service, featuring live broadcasts of several sports events.[5]

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 (which operated the station under a local marketing agreement since 2011 with CBS affiliate WGCL-TV), then to Gray Television in 2021.

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 was combined with CNN and AT&T SportsNet into a new division known as WarnerMedia News & Sports, led by CNN president Jeff Zucker.[6]

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.[7]

Current properties

Other television properties

Turner Sports Interactive

Future properties

Former properties

Turner South

CNNSI

TBS

TNT

truTV

B/R Live

First-run syndication

Prime Sports

Notable Turner Sports personalities (past and present)

^D denotes deceased.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 9, 2014). "Turner Sports Ups Lenny Daniels to President". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Mullin, Benjamin; Draper, Kevin (June 9, 2022). "Warner Bros. Discovery Picks Sports Chief to Navigate Streaming Era". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Brian (June 9, 2022). "Warner Bros. Discovery Taps Luis Silberwasser as News Sports Chief". Variety. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  4. ^ Bercovici, Jeff (August 6, 2012). "Turner Buys Bleacher Report, Next-Gen Sports Site, for $175M-Plus". Forbes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 27, 2017). "Turner Sports Unveils 'Bleacher Report Live' Pay-Streaming Service". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Feiner, Lauren (March 4, 2019). "Layoffs expected as WarnerMedia reorganizes its leadership team after AT&T acquisition". CNBC. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Young, Jabari (15 October 2020). "DraftKings strikes another media partnership, this time with AT&T's Turner Sports". CNBC. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Turner Sports and Major League Baseball Reach Seven-Year Media Rights Extension Through 2028" (Press release). WarnerMedia. September 24, 2020. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "The NHL Comes to Turner".
  11. ^ "Turner, WME-IMG Get in the Esports Game With Own League". AdAge. 23 September 2015.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 24, 2015). "Turner, WME/IMG Form E-Sports League, With TBS to Air Live Events". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Turner wins NCAA digital rights". Associated Presswebsite=ESPN. September 21, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  15. ^ Russ, Hilary (February 7, 2019). "Turner Sports inks deal with Caesars for Bleacher Report betting..." Reuters. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  16. ^ "WarnerMedia signs eight-year deal with U.S. Soccer for men's and women's national team matches". Awful Announcing. 2022-03-01. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  17. ^ "Turner Sports Acquires NASCAR's Internet Rights; NASCAR Online to be Produced by Turner Sports". WarnerMedia. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  18. ^ September 12; 2006. "Turner Sports New Media, PGA Tour Ink Multi-Year Web Deal". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2020-08-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ Selbe, Nick. "Report: Turner to Opt Out of UEFA Champions League Deal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  20. ^ "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.
  21. ^ "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". Turner Sports. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  22. ^ a b Ourand, John (February 24, 2017). "Turner's Soccer Shocker". SportsBusinessDaily.com. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  23. ^ "Report: Turner secures US streaming rights for SPL". SportsPro. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  24. ^ "Where to find soccer leagues and competitions on US TV and streaming".
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ Bieler, Des (January 27, 2022). "Warriors' Draymond Green signs deal with Turner Sports while still active in NBA". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  28. ^ "Ernie Johnson bio". www.turner.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "Shaquille O'Neal and Turner Sports reach multi-year extension". NBA.com. August 24, 2020. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  30. ^ "Catch up with Turner Sports rising star Roslyn Gold-Onwude". TheShadowLeague.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  31. ^ "Candace Parker & Turner Sports Reach Multi-Year Extension". pressroom.warnermedia.com. WarnerMedia. September 9, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2022.
  32. ^ "Dwyane Wade signs deal to be NBA Analyst for TNT". ESPN. Retrieved October 22, 2019.