It’s no surprise to hear a former two-time NBA MVP could soon be hired by Turner Sports as an analyst, but it’s certainly surprising when the retired basketball star is mentioned as a potential option for covering soccer.
According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Turner and future NBA Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash are closing in on a deal that will see Nash provide coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Broadcast rights to the league are currently held by Fox, but that will change in the fall thanks to a $60 million per year bid from Turner.
Turner, which has not broadcast soccer since the 1990 World Cup, will distribute the sport on TNT, TBS, TruTV and a streaming service. According to The Post, sources state Steve Nash will be a studio analyst among other roles pertaining to UEFA Champions League coverage. As of now there are no plans to have Nash crossover to Turner’s NBA handling.
The Canadian born Nash is currently the GM of his home country’s National basketball team as well as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors. Whether or not Nash will need to relinquish either of those roles was not reported.
Certainly a unique and creative hire by Turner, but not one without merit as Nash is well connected to the sport. An avid soccer fan, Nash’s brother and father both played the sport professionally. Nash also has ownership stakes with the MLS’ Vancouver Whitecaps and Spanish club Mallorca.
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