The ceremony will take place May 6 at Jazz at
While Turner's list of accomplishments is long and varied, including his ongoing philanthropy through the Turner Foundation Inc., it's his early efforts in cable television that contributed most to this award.
In 1976, Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves baseball team and refashioned Atlanta station WJRJ Channel 17 into the
In 1986, Turner founded the Goodwill Games, his attempted rival of the Olympics, and covered the events on TBS. The Games ended after the 2001 edition in Australia.
Additionally, he helped found the pro wrestling organization World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which was eventually purchased by its rival,
And he also founded CNN in 1980, which has been known to cover sports from time to time.
As for his own personal sporting achievements, Turner skippered his boat, the Courageous, to victory over Australia in the America's Cup sailing race in 1977.
In a statement, Malachy Wienges, chairman of the