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Turner To Launch OTT Service For UEFA Champions, Europa League

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 17 / 17

Turner Sports will launch an OTT sports service next fall with UEFA Champions League and Europa League games. Turner is expected to make an official announcement on its OTT plans this morning as part of a larger formal confirmation of its three-year, $60M English-language rights deal to carry games ...

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Tags: On The Ground in Rio

SportsBusiness Daily Global: Reuters Sets Up Rio Photo Base In U.S.

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC At Record Olympic Ad Sales

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN Radio Hires McNabb As Analyst

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SportsBusiness Daily: NFL Gets Channel On Snapchat's Discover Platform

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SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Signs Deal With Tough Mudder

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SportsBusiness Journal: Election 2016 should mean big ad sales

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Beyond ELeague numbers

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN to run same ads for linear, digital

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