Barkley’s “perfect” scenario: join LIV, stay at TNT
barkley’s “perfect” scenario: join liv, stay at tnt

Barkley’s “perfect” scenario: join LIV, stay at TNT

Turner Sports’ Charles Barkley is awaiting an offer to join LIV Golf, telling the New York Post Wednesday that his “perfect scenario” would be to add the controversial tour to his existing NBA duties.

Per the Post, Barkley and LIV CEO Greg Norman recently met for dinner in Atlanta and the longtime TNT analyst expects to soon be offered a broadcasting role on the first-year series.

Barkley, who according to the Post is owed $30 million more on the remaining three years of his Turner Sports contract, said the LIV would have to offer “some serious money” for him to jeopardize not only the rest of his TNT contract but his various sponsorships deals as well.

There has been considerable smoke surrounding Barkley and LIV Golf in recent weeks. Radio host Dan Patrick said on his eponymous show Tuesday that Barkley believes he may have to leave TNT if he took a role with the tour. Barkley told the Post that in his “perfect scenario,” he would work for both TNT and the LIV.

As for the LIV’s Saudi-backing, a source of controversy that has already imperiled Phil Mickelson’s public image, Barkley said that one cannot keep one’s hands completely clean working in professional sports: “If you are in pro sports, you are taking some type of money from not a great cause. … I’m a Nike guy, also, so I’m not going to do that thing where I pick and choose what I’m outraged about, where my money comes from. I just don’t think that is fair. I think that makes you a hypocrite.”

Barkley joined TNT fresh out of his retirement from the NBA in 2000 and in his two-decade tenure has been arguably the most prominent sports broadcaster in the industry.

The LIV already this week is said to have acquired the services of longtime golf broadcaster David Feherty and previously signed play-by-play voice Arlo White.

(News from NYP 7.21)

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