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First-Ever Live Sports Get Lifeless Reception On Turkmen State TV

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

For the first time ever, state television in Turkmenistan is broadcasting an international sporting event live. But no one seems to care.

Turkmenistan Sport is the new 24-hour state-run sports channel, which has been broadcasting Euro 2012 matches live to soccer-mad Turkmen. The Euro 2012 matches are being shown in Turkmenistan in casinos, hotels, and in cafes and restaurants.

The only problem, according to RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, is that most Turkmen are already watching the matches -- and other sporting events -- live on popular Russian and Turkish sports channels, via ubiquitous (and legal) satellite dishes.

​​And the Russian and Turkish channels -- ORT, Rossiya, and TRT 1 -- have professional TV hosts adept at giving compelling play-by-play commentary.

The Turkmenistan Sport hosts, it seems, have an annoying tendency to inject a bit of politics into the proceedings, frequently thanking authoritarian Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov for creating the new channel in the first place.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

First-Ever Live Sports Get Lifeless Reception On Turkmen State TV

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