May 5, 1995 |
Although having NBA playoff games on TNT and TBS simultaneously is hoops heaven for basketball fans, airing competing games doesn't seem like shrewd programming by Turner Sports. Wrong, business wizard. The ratings for some individual games are down, but overall NBA playoff games on TNT and TBS are up 21 percent over last season. "It does involve competing with ourselves, but the cumulative audience is larger," Kevin O'Malley, senior vice president of Turner Sports, said yesterday from Atlanta.
July 26, 1994 |
Harvey Schiller, executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, will become president of Turner Sports on Oct. 1, Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System announced yesterday. Schiller said he hoped to oversee an expansion in sports programming at TBS. He will control sports programming on the TBS Superstation, TNT and SportSouth, a regional cable TV network. Mike Moran, spokesman for the USOC in Colorado Springs, Colo., said the USOC executive committee will meet in Raleigh, N.C., on Aug. 14 to begin the process of finding a new executive director.
February 16, 1999 |
Marv Albert, the sports broadcaster with the resounding "Yessss!" who lost his job with NBC in 1997 after he pleaded guilty to biting a woman during a sexual encounter, is joining Turner Sports to do NBA games and other events. Albert was introduced as a Turner Sports announcer yesterday at Madison Square Garden. He will do play-by-play on six regular-season NBA games. "I'm so happy with this situation," Albert said. "I don't know what's in store down the road. I'm just so thrilled to be doing NBA on a national basis.
May 8, 2015 |
UP UNTIL EARLY Tuesday morning, I had looked at Ernie Johnson as the geeky guy on TNT who did an absolutely terrific job keeping Charles, Kenny and Shaq under control. In a span of less than 24 hours, my respect for Johnson reached a level that I cannot comprehend. At 2 a.m. on Tuesday, I watched an episode of ESPN's E:60 in which Johnson was featured. So I watched, and cried. Since becoming the face of Turner Sports in 1990, Johnson has faced some major dilemmas. There was cancer in 2006, which he beat; there was the death of his father in 2011, which he still beats himself up for not being there when Dad died; and then there was Michael.
May 22, 1997 |
It seems that wherever Michael Jordan goes, good television ratings follow. The Eastern Conference finals of the NBA and NHL playoffs went head to head in prime time Tuesday night, and Game 1 between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat creamed Game 3 between the Flyers and the New York Rangers. TNT earned a 7.6 rating, which equals 5.4 million homes, with the basketball game, giving the cable network its highest-rated program of 1997 and the second-highest-rated game in Turner Sports' 13-year history of televising the NBA playoffs.
February 11, 2003 |
The concern in some basketball circles was that the NBA had made a dreadful mistake this year in moving its All-Star Game from broadcast television to basic cable. At a time when attendance is down a bit and some surveys show interest in the league is waning, it made no sense to take one of the sport's premier events and make it inaccessible to millions of Americans. Or so the theory went. As it turned out, the game's move from NBC to TNT had some negative impact on the size of the audience but not a huge one. Most of the people who wanted to find the game seem to have found it. The total audience was down somewhat from last year, when the contest, which was played in Philadelphia, had the benefit of being sandwiched into NBC's Winter Olympics coverage.
April 9, 2003 |
AOL Time Warner Inc. is in serious negotiations with at least two bidders about buying its Atlanta sports teams, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday. Who the bidders are, how much they have offered and how close they are to an agreement remained open questions. Officials at parent AOL Time Warner and Turner Sports, which oversees the teams, refused to comment. Analysts said the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers are worth about $750 million. AOL Time Warner wants to shed the teams and other noncore assets to pay down its $25.8 billion in debt.
May 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Final Four's first two games are moving to cable TV next year. The national semifinals will be televised on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the championship game remaining on CBS, the companies said Tuesday. Under the 14-year deal that CBS and Turner Sports signed with the NCAA in 2010, CBS and TBS were scheduled to start alternating telecasts of the entire Final Four starting in 2016, but Turner had the option to move that up to 2014. Network executives decided in recent months that the best approach for both companies was to split the coverage for the next two years before beginning to take turns.
March 19, 2011 |
Television ratings for the first full day of the men's college basketball tournament were the highest in two decades as CBS Sports and Turner Sports combined to air all 16 games in their entirety for the first time. The National Collegiate Athletic Association games on the CBS Corp. network and Time Warner Inc.'s TBS, TNT and truTV networks were seen in an average of 5.7 percent of households in the top 56 U.S. television markets, CBS and Turner said in a news release. That's 24 percent higher than last year's 4.6 major-market rating for the first Thursday of the tournament and the highest since 1991, when it expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day. CBS and Turner agreed in April on a 14-year, $10.8 billion contract for broadcast, Internet and wireless rights on the tournament, which this year expanded to 68 teams from 65.
March 7, 2000 |
Paying Charles Barkley to talk for a living. . .what a concept. Barkley, named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players, yesterday signed on as an NBA studio analyst for Turner Sports. He officially starts next season, but he will make a guest appearance tonight during the Phoenix-Houston telecast (TNT, 8 o'clock). Barkley, 36, is rehabbing from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon above his kneecap suffered against the 76ers in the First Union Center on Dec. 8, 1999. Barkley, who played eight seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to Phoenix before the 1992-93 season, also was courted by NBC Sports.