Turner Sports is said to be landing one of ESPN’s on-air personalities, who is poised to become one of Turner’s top NBA analysts. The New York Post reports that Stan Van Gundy is on the verge of making the jump.
The news comes as Turner Sports is revamping its NBA coverage, The Post notes.
“Van Gundy’s addition could have long-term implications for Turner’s top games. For its marquee event, the conference finals, Turner typically goes with a three-man booth,” The Post reports. “In the recent past, it has been Chris Webber and Reggie Miller joining Marv Albert. It is easy to imagine that Turner may want a coach and a player combo in the future.”
The report adds: “If the new deal goes through, the Van Gundys will be the first family of NBA game analysts, as former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy has been on ABC/ESPN’s No. 1 team for more than a decade.”
Stan Van Gundy has appeared mainly on ESPN’s studio shows, and has been featured on Dan Le Batard’s radio program.
The report notes that changes have been expected since Jeff Zucker took over Warner Media Sports from David Levy.
“The network has already added Steve Nash, who does Champions League soccer for Turner, to its NBA coverage, mostly doing features,” the report notes. “It has also eliminated ‘The Players Only’ broadcast as a weekly showcase, but may try to use the concept in other forms.”