Category: Turner Sports

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

Turner Sports’ acquisition of Champions League rights is massive development for soccer

The soccer world reacted with a combination of shock, sarcasm and guarded optimism on Friday afternoon when World Soccer Talk broke the news that Turner Sports — who has not broadcast soccer on TV since the folding of the WUSA in 2003 (which aired on TNT and the now-defunct CNNSI) and has not shown men’s soccer since the 1990 World Cup — had won the English-language rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League in the United States from August 2018 until June 2021. FOX Sports, the current rights holder, will continue to broadcast the competition for the remainder of this ... Read more

UEFA doubles Champions League TV rights revenue in $100 million/year deals

While the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for UEFA, the European soccer organization has managed to double the amount of revenue it’ll generate for Champions League and Europa League coverage in the United States. Under UEFA’s current deal with FOX Sports, the broadcaster pays approximately $52 million per year for the rights to show the games in both English and Spanish to viewers in the United States. That current deal ends at the completion of the 2017/18 season. But under the new deal with Turner Sports and Univision, UEFA will earn approximately $100 million in revenue from ... Read more

Turner Sports and Univision acquire UEFA Champions League TV rights in USA

EXCLUSIVE: The US TV rights to the UEFA Champions League for seasons 2018 through 2021 have been acquired by Turner Sports and Univision in the United States, according to a World Soccer Talk source who is close to the situation. FOX Sports, the current rights holder until the end of the 2017/18 season, lost the English-language TV rights to Turner Sports in a very competitive bidding process that included ESPN. Meanwhile, the Spanish-language rights were acquired by Univision Deportes. World Soccer Talk understands that ESPN placed bids for both the English-language and Spanish-language rights, while NBC Sports decided not to ... Read more