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May 5, 1995 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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July 26, 1994 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
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February 16, 1999 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 8, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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May 22, 1997 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 11, 2003 | By Larry Eichel INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 9, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
March 19, 2011 | BLOOMBERG
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.
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March 7, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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May 8, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013
The Freedoms (4-9) lost to the Boston Lobsters, 22-18, in World TeamTennis action on Tuesday night at the Pavilion at Villanova University. Samuel Groth opened the contest with a 5-2 win in men's singles over Boston's Amir Weintraub , but the Lobsters (5-8) won the next four matches. Weintraub and Eric Butorac edged Groth and Jordan Kerr , 5-4, in men's doubles to seal Boston's win. NBA: The Dallas Mavericks signed free-agent guard Monta Ellis to a reported three-year contract for between $25 million and $30 million.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | Daily News staff and wire reports
THE FINAL FOUR'S first two games are moving to cable next year. The national semifinals will air on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the title game remaining on CBS, the companies said yesterday. Under the 14-year deal that CBS and Turner Sports signed with the NCAA in 2010, CBS and TBS were scheduled to start alternating broadcasts 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 2 years before beginning to take turns.
SPORTS
May 8, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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April 3, 2013 | BY MATTHEW ELWELL, Daily News Staff Writer elwellm@phillynews.com
THE 2013 NCAA men's Tournament has been very memorable. With outstanding finishes and compelling storylines, this year has been one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory. Now, with the tournament down to the Final Four, everyone is preparing for two very intriguing matchups. CBS Sports held a conference call Monday afternoon with chairman Sean McManus, broadcasting partners Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg along with Turner Sports analyst Steve Kerr. They shared their thoughts on the Final Four matchups and what they could have in store.
SPORTS
March 19, 2011 | BLOOMBERG
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.
SPORTS
March 9, 2011
NEW YORK - Charles Barkley has had an agenda for a long time. He's just never had the crown jewel of collegiate athletics as a forum to air his complaints about the NCAA and what he sees as its lack of commitment to educating student athletes. But if the NCAA suits in Indianapolis are holding their collective breath in anticipation - or fear - of what the outspoken Barkley will say during broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament, they have no one to blame but themselves. Barkley said that before he agreed to be a part of the new NCAA broadcast partnership between CBS and Turner Sports, he needed a meeting with NCAA staff to air some private grievances and get assurances that he would have the liberty to air said grievances publicly during the tournament, while the games were being televised live.
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March 9, 2011 | By John Gonzalez, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - Ernie Johnson stood in front of the room with a microphone in hand. Jim Nantz - who, a little earlier, revealed he was taking painkillers for back pain and was "channeling his inner Charlie Sheen" as a result - was to his left. The NCAA tournament will be different this year. CBS Sports and Turner Sports are partnering to broadcast all the games in real time across four networks: CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. The move is long overdue. No more screaming at the television after some mindless executive makes the inexplicable call to switch to a blowout rather than stay with a game that's close and exciting.
SPORTS
December 16, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods changed his cellphone number the day after his car accident and is not talking to some of his famous friends. On a show that airs Sunday on the HLN news network, Barkley and filmmaker Spike Lee worry that Woods isn't taking advantage of advice that only friends who are used to the spotlight can offer. "You should reach out to your celebrity friends when things go bad," Barkley told the Associated Press yesterday. "They're the only people who understand what it's like.
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February 15, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Doug Collins will be taking his familiar position this weekend as a TNT analyst for the NBA All-Star Game. But he could have had a seat on the 76ers' bench instead. Among the most respected television analysts in the game, Collins was offered a job as an assistant coach by Maurice Cheeks when Cheeks took over as head coach in 2005. Collins, a four-time all-star who played for the Sixers from 1973 to 1981, has been an NBA head coach for three teams: Chicago, Detroit and most recently Washington, where he guided the Wizards for two seasons, ending in 2002-03.
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