Vice President, SEC Network, Programming
Chris Turner was named Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions for SEC Network in October 2018. Turner is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of ESPN’s historic agreement with the Southeastern Conference, including the SEC Network partnership.
Turner was named Senior Director, SEC programming in January of 2009 and played a significant role in the creation of SEC Network, which launched in August 2014. Turner joined ESPN in 1995 after the company acquired Creative Sports, for which he served as programming coordinator. In 1997, ESPN combined Ohlmeyer Communications Company (OCC) and Creative Sports to form ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the nation’s largest syndicator of college sports programming.
During his tenure with ERT, Turner oversaw a number of ERT’s football and basketball syndication properties, as well as co-managing the company’s growing owned and operated events business.
Turner earned a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College in 1985 and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from the University of Kansas in 1993.