ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan Sport Business Conference announced that Turner president David Levy will be a keynote speaker at this year’s conference. Levy is a successful business executive and his leadership has positioned Turner Sports as a leader in sports media.
Turner Sports is the division of Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner, responsible for sports broadcasts on channels including TBS, TNT and TruTV. It also operates digital media outlets such as NCAA.com, NBA.com, PGATOUR.com and PGA.com. Additionally, Turner Sports operates NBA TV.
Levy, who has worked at Turner Broadcasting since 1986, has been in his current position since August of 2013. Under Levy’s direction, the company reached a new, long-term, multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball, the most expensive in Turner’s history with the league. He also led Turner’s efforts in the acquisition of Bleacher Report, a leading online multi-sport destination. In 2010, Levy was instrumental in orchestrating a landmark deal, partnering with CBS for the television, internet, wireless, marketing and corporate sponsorship rights to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four, marking the first time in the event’s history that the national semifinal games were televised by a cable network.
The Turner Sports portfolio also consists of premium sports content year-round partnerships with the NBA, the PGA Championship and English broadcasts of the UEFA Champions League starting in the fall of 2018. Last summer, Turner Sports and WME | IMG partnered to launch ELEAGUE, a professional e-sports league televised on TBS.
SportsBusiness Journal listed Levy at No. 7 on its 2016 edition of the 50 most influential people in sports business. Consistently on the forefront of the sport industry, Levy’s ahead-of-the-curve thinking makes him an ideal fit at the sixth annual MSBC.
Tickets to this year’s MSBC, which will take place at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business on Oct. 6, are now available.