Category: Turner Sports

Turner Sports discuss losing UEFA Champions League rights to CBS

With CBS acquiring the Champions League English-language rights for seasons 2021/22 through 2023/24, the president of Turner Sports recently described his disappointment at losing the rights renewal. “Our goal wasn’t to let it go,” said Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels. “We really did have a five, six, ten year plan and now we just have to start over. “UEFA fits perfect with B/R Live. We love it, we love them, we thought it was great. We made a very significant offer to renew it. Somebody else found that they could offer significantly more than our significant offer and they wanted ... Read more

Tim Howard and Stu Holden: How TNT’s Champions League coverage differs from the norm

In an exclusive sit-down interview with Tim Howard and Stu Holden, the two former US Men’s National Team players discussed with World Soccer Talk a variety of topics related to TNT’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Specifically, Tim Howard and Stu Holden addressed: • Their thoughts on TNT weaving a lot of basketball into their soccer TV coverage, • What makes B/R Football different on TV than FOX Sports and NBC Sports, • The chances of Tim Howard and Stu Holden working together again after TNT’s contract ends, and • How they’ve tried to balance the TV coverage from the mainstream to hardcore ... Read more

Mo Edu interview: Finding his voice on TNT’s Champions League coverage

It was only 2019 when Maurice Edu formally announced his retirement from professional soccer, but in that short time, he has already worked for FOX Sports and TNT in covering everything from the US Men’s National Team to the UEFA Champions League. Typically, former pro footballers take more time to settle into the world of broadcasting, but Edu has hit the ground running. With a professional soccer resume that has included Stoke City, Rangers, Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union, as well as the national team, Edu has plenty of experience to draw upon. While in Atlanta, I sat down with ... Read more

Soccer fans facing fewer choices in Champions League Round of 16 on TNT

Turner Sports have followed through on their promise to only broadcast one UEFA Champions League match per gameday for the knockout stages of the competition that begins on February 12. While it’s often a dilemma for soccer fans to decide which game to watch in the Knockout Round because they’re both played at the same time each matchday, TNT has made the decision for you. Instead of featuring the showcase game on TNT and using one of their other TV networks to broadcast the other match — like FOX Sports did with games on FS1 and FS2 — you’ll only get ... Read more

First impressions of Champions League coverage on TNT and Univision Deportes

With the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicking off this week, most soccer fans in the United States had their first taste of soccer coverage from TNT. Dominant Spanish-language TV broadcaster Univision Deportes also aired their first Champions League games including some of the more high-profile matches on the over-the-air Univision channel. But how did both broadcasters do during a week that we’ve been anticipating since we first broke the news that Turner Sports and Univision had acquired the rights? Let’s go through the highs and lows of week one: HIGHS 1. Univision’s excitement levels. Univision’s commentary for the ... Read more

Biggest winners and losers from new UEFA Champions League TV coverage in U.S.

This season’s UEFA Champions League tournament will be the biggest change for soccer fans in the United States since the games moved from ESPN to FOX Sports in 2009. The big changes mean that there are some big winners and losers. Here’s our breakdown of who will win and lose based on the massive changes:   Biggest winners 1. UEFA. While there will be far fewer Champions League games on English-language television in the United States, the biggest winner will be UEFA courtesy of many games being televised on the over-the-air Univision channel. The network has an estimated national reach ... Read more

TNT and Univision herald big changes to UEFA Champions League coverage

With the US media rights for the UEFA Champions League having changed hands, we say goodbye to FOX Sports and ESPN Deportes’s coverage of the world’s greatest soccer club competition and hello to TNT and Univision Deportes who are preparing for their first-ever broadcasts of the UEFA Champions League group stage. But what can we expect to see? First, this season’s Champions League tournament features double-header games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so instead of all of the games kicking off at 2:45pm ET, we’ll have a set kicking off at 12:55pm ET followed by the second set beginning at 3pm ... Read more

Stu Holden and Tim Howard join Turner’s Champions League as studio analysts

Former Premier League footballers Stu Holden and Tim Howard have joined Turner Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League as studio analysts, the broadcaster announced today. Turner Sports will simultaneously utilize two fully-integrated studios – in Atlanta and Los Angeles – throughout its coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Howard, a current MLS player, will contribute to UEFA Champions League studio coverage on Wednesdays, with Holden regularly appearing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will join previously announced host Kate Abdo and Steve Nash, along with additional commentators and special guests, throughout the season. Additionally, Fernando Perez, a former MLB player ... Read more