Category: Turner Sports

Turner Sports delivers uninspiring segment to promote Champions League coverage

This past weekend, Turner Sports had a short segment on their NBA show to promote the network’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League, which begins next summer. In short, the attempt by Turner Sports was awkward, underwhelming and didn’t help fill the viewer with any confidence that the network knows soccer. The duties of promoting the Champions League coverage fell to their basketball analysts with former player Charles Barkley stating on air, “Any sport that the United States sucks in, we (Turner Sports) should not be involved in.” Did you know we're in the soccer business?@ChampionsLeague is coming to Turner! ... Read more

Turner Sports and Champions League FAQ: Big changes for US soccer fans

Turner Sports has revealed more details regarding their coverage plans for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for sports fans in the United States. And as we predicted in May, there are big changes. In order to try to parse through all of the questions, I’ve written the following FAQ to help. If there are any questions not answered below, feel free to let us know in the comments section and we’ll do our best to update the article to make it even more comprehensive. Q: First, what’s the news? What do I need to know? A: In ... Read more

It’s going to cost more to watch soccer after Turner’s Champions League deal

Turner Sports’ announcement on Thursday regarding how it’ll distribute the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next seasons will have one major impact — it’s going to cost soccer fans more to watch the Beautiful Game than ever before. In 2018, Turner Sports will launch a new online sports platform where about 80% of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games will be aired during the 2018-2019 competitions. The price for this as-of-yet-unnamed streaming service hasn’t been disclosed, as of press time. But the net effect will be that it’ll cost soccer fans to pay ... Read more

Turner to make 80% of Champions League and Europa League available only via streaming paid-subscription service

On the heels of NBC’s Premier League Pass and ESPN announcing its own paid streaming service, Turner Sports will launch a new, online paid-subscription service beginning in the summer of 2018 to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League rights that it owns. The net result to soccer fans is that more than 80% of the UEFA Champions League and Europa Leagues games will only be available via a paid subscription model Turner’s rights deal for the Champions League and Europa League begins in August, 2018 and runs through 2021. SEE MORE: Schedule of Champions League games on ... Read more

Could Turner Sports’ strategy for the Champions League be an over-the-top subscription play?

Among soccer fans, there has been much anticipation about how Turner Sports will broadcast the UEFA Champions League when they begin coverage in the late summer of 2018. At the same time, there’s also been a lot of speculation about what channels Turner Sports will use to distribute the games to soccer fans throughout the United States. That speculation and analysis has included TruTV and Turner’s more popular and well-known properties. However in conversations with two industry insiders, there’s speculation that Turner Sports may be considering broadcasting the UEFA Champions League via an online subscription service to viewers in the ... Read more

Why truTV may be Turner Sports’ ticket to UEFA Champions League success

While many English-language sportswriters and sports business reporters in the U.S. were caught by surprise by Turner Sports’ $180 million winning bid for the U.S. English-language media rights for the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League for August 2018-May 2021, this seemingly bold move by Turner Sports appears to this long-time observer of the U.S. sports media business to be part of a plan that was formulated by Turner Sports executives at the start of this decade. Ever since Turner Sports won the rights in April 2010 to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament in a joint ... Read more

Turner Sports and FOX Sports acquire Argentine Primera Division rights, says report

Turner Sports and FOX Sports have teamed up in South America to acquire the rights to the Primera Division, according to a report by Reuters. Media in Argentina is reporting that FOX Sports Latin America and Turner Broadcasting System Latin America will pay $206 million per year for the rights to the league over a period of five years. The new deal will begin when the 2017-18 Primera Division season begins in August. It’s understood that the rights deal is for Argentina only and does not include other regions such as North America. According to a spokeswoman with Turner Latin ... Read more

Who Turner Sports should hire for Champions League TV coverage

Turner Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League won’t launch until August 2018, so the sports network has plenty of time to execute its plan to bring the world’s number one soccer club competition into the homes of viewers across the United States. While FOX Sports certainly improved the quantity of UEFA Champions League coverage in the United States by making every game available between TV and streaming, Turner Sports now has the opportunity to raise the bar on the quality. While we don’t know yet what Turner Sports’ vision is for how they’ll cover the Champions ... Read more