Turner Sports takes over Champions League coverage next year. The company has been slow to build up its soccer team, with the one big name linked up for coverage being… former NBA star Steve Nash. Now, Kate Abdo will anchor Turner’s Champions League coverage.
Abdo has a soccer background, working for FOX. She is the lead presenter for the network’s World Cup coverage. She has also worked in Champions League coverage for FOX.
Abdo will continue to work for FOX as well. She confirmed the news on her Instagram account this morning.
The New York Post broke the Kate Abdo Champions League news earlier:
Abdo has been hired by Turner to lead its Champions League studio coverage beginning next year, sources have told The Post.
Abdo will maintain her role as Fox’s lead presenter during the World Cup, which begins next month from Russia. Rob Stone has hosted Champions League coverage for Fox Sports. Turner wrested the rights from Fox Sports for the Champions League and will begin broadcasting next season.
Turner is expected to officially introduce Abdo as part of its Upfront presentation on Wednesday. Abdo will continue to work with Fox, as well as Turner, after the World Cup.
The 36-year old Abdo was born in England. She is fluent in English, German, and Spanish, which makes her uniquely suited to cover the international game.
Before joining FOX, she worked for Sky Sports News in both England and Germany. She is a Manchester native.
Turner Sports will show Champions League games on TBS, TNT and TruTV. There will also be a number of matches on Bleacher Report Live, a premium streaming service.
Hopefully for Turner, the Abdo hire will quell some concerns over the upcoming Champions League coverage. As we’ve seen with the great Gus Johnson experiment, soccer fans can be quite temperamental about how their games are presented.