Episode 45: Albert “Scooter” Vertino, SVP of Programming & Production, Turner Sports


It was great getting to know Scooter Vertino a little. Additionally, Scooter also is SVP of content, programming and production for NBA digital which includes NBA-TV, League Pass and NBA.com.

Topics discussed include:

– reactions to the schedule and off season news lining up so well for this season’s opening night matchups on TNT (Cavs/Celtics & Warriors/Rockets)

– reactions to Gordon Hayward’s injury on opening night

– high level discussion of the process for selecting games for particular nights and windows on TNT

– how the selection works for the games simulcast nationally on NBA-TV

– NBA Digital

– Partnership with the NBA and how the relationship has evolved over the past 5 years

– NBA Twitter” and the expanding coverage during offseason

– This past Summer League season in Las Vegas

– Getting the cast and crew of “The Starters” to move from Canada to Atlanta

– The “Players Only” telecasts

– Even though Turner Sports doesn’t telecast the NBA Finals, is there an optimal matchup or outcome from Turner Sports’ perspective?

– New content

– All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend



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