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Turner Sports’ uninspiring segment to promote Champions League

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.”

Is this what we can expect from Turner Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League next season? Let’s hope not.

HT @SunnySoCalRob25.

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  1. Oliver Tse

    November 25, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Turner Sports had not had a female host for live men’s sports until Matthew Hong promoted Kristen Ledlow from NBA reporter/magazine show host 2 months ago. Once Mr. Hong felt comfortable with hiring a female host to present men’s sports, the door is now open for other females to work as hosts of men’s events at Turner Sports

    I now know with 95% certainly that Matthew Hong has interviewed BOTH Kate Riley and Brittany Arnold, as I had expected him to do all along.

  2. Oliver Tse

    November 19, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Once again, the Gaffer did not do his homework. That’s what happens when his news cycle is 24 minutes instead of 24 hours. The Gaffer’s handling of the Turner story, from the “who Turner should hire” article to this one, has been embarrassingly BAD.

    (The Gaffer’s choice for host of UEFA on truTV, John Dykes, is NOT available. He has returned to Singapore to host Premier League coverage on FOX Sports Asia, the company formerly known as ESPN STAR Sports, where Dykes was working prior to 2010.)

    If the Gaffer had done some research, he would have found the ENTIRE 7-minute video clip so that he would have understood the reasoning for the video.

    The entire video appear at the end of Turner’s viral video sensation Shaqtin’ a Fool, in which the cast of NBA on TNT mocked and lampooned idiots each week.

    The two names I continue to project as winners of studio show positions for UEFA on truTV, Kate Riley (who celebrated her 35th birthday on November 18) and Carlos Bocanegra, are almost locks at this point.

    Turner Sports COO Matthew Hong invited MLS Atlanta United President Darren Eales to visit the studio of NBA TV on November 14, presumably because Hong needed to obtain permission from Eales before Hong can hire Bocanegra, whose day job at Atlanta United is Vice President and Technical Director of Soccer.

    The only person who can beat Kate Riley for the host job at this point is Atlanta United TV host and brand ambassador Brittany Arnold. who is available for about $30,000/year less than Riley, However, Arnold would face the same steep learning curve that FOX Sports/Facebook UEFA Champions League host Rachel Bonnetta faced in September. Bonnetta’s first performance was poor, as she didn’t know that the UEFA Champions League anthem, instead of national anthems.

    One potential “tell”: of the 4 Atlanta-based host candidates (Riley, Arnold, Patrick Snell, and Don Riddell), only Kate Riley is following @MattHong on Twitter, and only after news of Eales’ visit to NBA TV.

    • Christopher Harris

      November 19, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Oliver Tse, my article was about who I THOUGHT they should hire, not who I PREDICTED they would sign. Big difference.

      • Oliver Tse

        November 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

        Oh, really?

        So you “thought” that Turner Sports should NOT hire any qualified candidate that already lives in Atlanta?

        Or you simply did NOT know that CNN International existed, or Atlanta United existed, when the Turner news broke in February.

        Face it, you are UNQUALIFIED to write any article or do a podcast regarding Turner Sports because you don’t do any research.

        Once the entertainment trade websites identified Matthew Hong as the Turner Sports executive in charge of the UEFA on truTV project, the direction of the project became clear:

        ULTRA-LOW BUDGET, with Atlanta-based talent given priority for studio show positions, plus re-use of the main NBA TV set, and ZERO production cost for the UEFA Europa League prior to the final by putting EVERY Europa League match behind a paywall.

        If it wasn’t for the presence of Atlanta United TV host/Brand Ambassador Brittany Arnold, every host candidate for UEFA on truTV would have been from CNN (namely Kate Riley, Patrick Snell, and Don Riddell.) The presence of Brittany Arnold is a big monkey wrench, as Turner can hire her dirt cheap if the budget were really tight, at risk of producing a substandard product that would chase viewers away to Univision.

        Your suggested candidate for host, John Dykes, had ZERO chance of being hired. ZERO. If Turner had wanted someone like Dykes, then Turner has the choice of Don Riddell and Patrick Snell.

        • rkujay

          November 21, 2017 at 7:18 am

          Since you are ‘in the know’ and ultra qualified to pontificate on all things no one really cares about, why not start your own web page olly? Then we can all go there (not) and you can self aggrandize until your heart is content. You can get yourself a co host. Can’t be a female, though. With your prediliction for drooling on the pages regarding females, that might be a bit much. You could get someone named Stan. It’ll be the Stan and Olly page. What a fine mess you will have gotten into this time.

        • MentiroTSE

          November 21, 2017 at 8:53 am

          The article is basically a wish list of candidates, not everyone has no life and pretends they care about travel budgets. Also if you’re this great broadcasting mind why are you a security guard?

    • Liar

      November 21, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Wow! The fake creepy insider is going after Chris now! ? Are there coded messages to execs in that long post you pathetic clown?

  3. LIguy

    November 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

    This isn’t surprising at all, I think people might be disappointed if they are expecting some great ground breaking coverage all over the Turner networks with great TV personalities. I personally am fine with a paid app and having all matches available on there, they can take the world feed and have no halftime show or anything else, I like watching matches on ESPN3 because of that, know I am in the minority with that though.

    • Eddie

      November 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Who gonna hire from turner sports?

    • JN

      November 9, 2017 at 10:46 am

      I can understand that to a certain extent, but I am not sure if I like the trend. One future we may face is that all leagues or competitions are behind a pay wall, and one ends up paying more than the current cable model that many complain about. Also, those matches on ESPN 3 might not stay there next year. BAMTech powers those streams, and Disney is the major stakes holder; their own streaming service for sports starts up next year, so I suspect those matches on ESPN 3 will move their. The FA cup rights are up; I can see those going to Disney or maybe NBC to bolster their NBC Sport Gold package. The rights for Serie A on BeIn expires after the current season. Does Disney acquire that or someone else that sets up their own pay wall?

      Regardless, I expect the production effort to be kept at the bare minimum and world feeds to be be used. Not necessarily a problem, but will the monthly cost reflect that? We shall see. If Turner, Disney, or whoever plans to charge a premium, it’s time for Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish!

      • Eddie

        November 9, 2017 at 11:39 am

        Hi Jn
        so the fa cup are still talk NBC sports and Disney of ESPN about next year

        • JN

          November 10, 2017 at 8:07 am

          I don’t know for sure. I was speculating more than anything. I think Fox may have passed on the rights for now, but I am not sure. Maybe Chris knows more?

          • Christopher Harris

            November 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

            No decision has been made about FA Cup rights yet.

      • LIguy

        November 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

        Yeah I think that the matches on ESPN3 will most likely be behind a pay wall, I would imagine the Championship matches and qualifiers and Nations League may also end up there in some kind of Soccer subscription? To me it would depend on the cost to see if it is worth it or not, but behind a pay wall seems to be the direction it is going now.

  4. JN

    November 8, 2017 at 8:13 am

    That was pretty awful. As much as we complain about Fox, we might want those days back come this time next year.

  5. Brendan

    November 7, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    What a bunch of losers

  6. Zachary Lerman

    November 7, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Absolutely hate it when sports anchors who don’t care about soccer act like they know so much about the sport. Charles Barkely’s comments make me wanna cringe with his arrogance. His comments were absolutely disrespectful to the game and the fans who love it.

    Turner Sports better get their act together before next summer or it could really hurt the growth of soccer on TV in this country.

  7. Paul Scanling

    November 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This was absolutely awful. I couldn’t even watch until the end. Please tell me that they will hire real soccer people to sit behind the desk. Keep Charles Barkley as far away as possible from my tv.

  8. CTBlues

    November 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This is totally what I would expect if Charles Barkley as to come close to soccer. He is even an idiot when it comes to his own sport.

  9. Da Clown Oliver

    November 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Sources tells me turner is cheap and doesn’t want to spend on travel so Carlos Bocanegra is the favorite. Female presenter for the plexiglass desk is Katy Riley or Brittany Arnold, God willing traffic won’t be to bad for daily travel.

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