The AT&T-Time Warner merger fallout could see a shift in the leadership of Turner Sports. Jeff Zucker, president of CNN is being tapped to add the merged AT&T’s sports programming to his management portfolio.
Zucker’s leadership of CNN since 2013 has seen the the network’s live programming become more vibrant and energetic. Zucker has also overseen the development of a film and documentary division at CNN, which has helped to remake the network’s programming lineup.
Zucker is being tapped to replace David Levy who previously managed Warner Media’s Turner Sports division. According to Variety’s Brian Steinberg, Zucker is an avid sports fan despite his lack of sports management experience. When at NBC Universal, prior to the Comcast acquisition of NBCU, Zucker supervised sports programming as a part of his more general duties as president and chief executive of the company.
Turner Sports’ sporting properties include the NBA, NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Uefa Champions League.