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Turner’s soccer shocker

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 02 / 24 / 17

In a move that has shocked U.S. media companies, Turner Sports picked up the U.S. English-language media rights to the UEFA Champions League starting in fall 2018, according to multiple sources. Turner, which has not carried soccer programming of any kind for at least 27 years, was a surprise bid...

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