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Senior Director of SEC Programming, ESPN
Chris Turner was named senior director of SEC programming in January 2009. Turner joined ESPN in 1995 after the company acquired Creative Sports, where he served as programming coordinator. In 1997, ESPN combined its Ohlmeyer Communication Corporation (OCC) division and Creative Sports to form ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the nation’s largest syndicator of college sports programming.
During his tenure with ERT, Turner’s syndication responsibilities grew to include Big East, Big 12 and C-USA basketball, as well as Mountain West football. He also co-managed ERT’s events division, where he was instrumental in growing the portfolio to more than 20 owned and operated events, including six post-season college football bowl games, six multi-team men’s college basketball events and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway.
As senior director of SEC programming, Turner is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of ESPN’s historic agreement and plays a significant role in the creation of the SEC Network. In addition to current responsibilities, he oversees content development and acquisition for the network’s digital platforms.
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