Shaquille O’Neal heads to Turner Sports

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    Shaquille O’Neal may have retired from the NBA, but he’s putting all that expertise to use. He’ll soon be adding "sports analyst" to his resume.

    Shaq has signed a multi-year contract with Time Warner’s Turner Sports to serve as an analyst over its NBA programming, including TNT’s studio show, starting with the 2011/2012 season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    “I can’t wait to begin my new career with Turner,” Shaq said.

    President of sales, distribution and sports for Turner, David Levy said Shaq would complement the network. “His unique insights, perspective as one of the league’s all-time great players and personality will be the perfect complement to our award-winning studio team of Ernie [Johnson], Kenny [Smith] and Charles [Barkley], as well as to our programming on NBA TV and NBA.com.”

    Although Shaq recently retired from the NBA after 19 seasons, the deal will make him a part of the network’s NBA All-Star weekend, NBA playoffs coverage and contributor to NBA TV and NBA.com.

    “Over the past several years the team at Turner has taken the NBA and entertainment, in general, to a whole new level. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the amazing team at ‘Inside the NBA’ and I hope I can further the fans’ experience on a regular basis," Shaq said.

    As an extension to the deal, Shaq has development deal with Turner’s entertainment and animation networks.

     
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