Turner Sports

Turner Sports (TS) is the subsidiary of Warner Bros. Discovery Sports unit via Warner Bros. Discovery 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.

Turner Sports
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Launched1975; 47 years ago (1975)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery Sports
(Warner Bros. Discovery)
Key peopleLenny Daniels (President)[1]
HeadquartersAtlanta, Georgia
Major broadcasting contracts
Original language(s)English
Official websitepressroom.warnermediagroup.com/us/brands/turner-sports

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.[2]

In March 2018, Turner Sports announced to launch B/R Live, a subscription video streaming service, featuring live broadcasts of several sports events.[3]

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 will be combined with CNN and AT&T SportsNet into a new division known as WarnerMedia News & Sports, led by CNN president Jeff Zucker.[4]

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.[5]

Current propertiesEdit

Other television propertiesEdit

Turner Sports InteractiveEdit

  • NCAA.com
    • Starting with the 2010–11 academic year and continuing through 2031–32, Turner has digital rights to all NCAA championships across all divisions in all sports except football. Under the deal, Turner also manages NCAA.com.[11][12]
  • PGA.com
  • 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.[13]
    • House of Highlights
    • B/R Live

Future propertiesEdit

Former propertiesEdit

  • NASCAR.COM (2001–2013)[15]
    • 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)[16]
    • 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)[17]

Turner SouthEdit





B/R LiveEdit

Notable Turner Sports personalities (past and present)Edit

^D denotes deceased.

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 9, 2014). "Turner Sports Ups Lenny Daniels to President". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Bercovici, Jeff (August 6, 2012). "Turner Buys Bleacher Report, Next-Gen Sports Site, for $175M-Plus". Forbes. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (March 27, 2017). "Turner Sports Unveils 'Bleacher Report Live' Pay-Streaming Service". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Feiner, Lauren (March 4, 2019). "WarnerMedia reorganizes its leadership team after AT&T acquisition". CNBC.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Young, Jabari (15 October 2020). "DraftKings strikes another media partnership, this time with AT&T's Turner Sports". CNBC. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "The NHL Comes to Turner".
  9. ^ "Turner, WME-IMG Get in the Esports Game With Own League". adage.com. 23 September 2015.
  10. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 24, 2015). "Turner, WME/IMG Form E-Sports League, With TBS to Air Live Events". Variety. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Turner wins NCAA digital rights". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures, LLC. Associated Press. September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Russ, Hilary (February 7, 2019). "Turner Sports inks deal with Caesars for Bleacher Report betting..." Reuters. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Turner Sports Acquires NASCAR's Internet Rights; NASCAR Online to be Produced by Turner Sports". WarnerMedia. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  16. ^ 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)
  17. ^ Selbe, Nick. "Report: Turner to Opt Out of UEFA Champions League Deal". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-07-10.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Turner Sports Reaches Multi-Year Agreement to Present NCAA National Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship". Turner Sports. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  20. ^ a b Ourand, John (February 24, 2017). "Turner's Soccer Shocker". SportsBusinessDaily.com. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  21. ^ "Report: Turner secures US streaming rights for SPL". SportsPro. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  22. ^ "Where to find soccer leagues and competitions on US TV and streaming".
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "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.
  25. ^ "Ernie Johnson bio". www.turner.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "Catch up with Turner Sports rising star Roslyn Gold-Onwude". TheShadowLeague.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Dwyane Wade signs deal to be NBA Analyst for TNT". www.espn.com. Retrieved October 22, 2019.

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