Charles Barkley ends contract flirtation with LIV Golf

Charles Barkley has ended any future contract talks with LIV Golf and can keep with TNT’s “Inside The NBA”, Barkley instructed The Post.

“I need to thank Greg Norman and LIV for his or her curiosity in me,” Barkley mentioned in a cellphone interview. “I want these guys nice success and nothing however the most effective. But, in my greatest curiosity, and being honest to Turner — as a result of Turner and basketball have given me each single factor in my life. It is greatest for me to maneuver on and I’m staying with Turner for the remainder of my TV profession.”

Barkley mentioned his determination didn’t must do with LIV Golf being backed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund,

This week throughout LIV’s occasion at Trump National in Bedminster, there have been protests from 9/11 teams due to Saudi Arabia’s connection to the terrorist assault.

Charles Barkley enjoying within the LIV Golf pro-am on July 28, 2022.
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Barkley has three years and $30 million remaining on his TNT deal. Besides the $10 million a yr he makes from TNT, he mentioned on “The Dan Patrick Show” final week that he makes one other $10 million in endorsements, together with Subway, Capital One and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“My No. 1 precedence is to be honest to Turner and my sponsors, to be sincere with you,” Barkley mentioned. “I could not simply maintain them holding on so I made up my thoughts (Thursday) evening. I used to be like, ‘Make a call and reside with it.'”

On Thursday, he performed in LIV’s pro-am occasion at Trump National. He mentioned he loved it.

“I sat down with a few [LIV] individuals,” Barkley mentioned. “I instructed them, ‘When I instructed you, I used to be going to speak to you as we speak, somehow and I keep on with my phrase, at all times. I’m not going to be unfair to Turner. I’m not going to be unfair to my sponsors. This is the choice – and that is it.’”

The Greg Norman-led LIV Tour has signed huge title golfers, like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka for a whole bunch of thousands and thousands, nevertheless it has but to choose up a TV deal within the United States. It is presently proven on YouTube and different free websites.

When Norman and Barkley met final week for dinner in Atlanta, Barkley got here away with the impression {that a} TV deal would occur.

There had been numerous rumors as to how a lot LIV may provide Barkley. In gentle of Fox Sports paying Tom Brady $37.5 million a yr, Pat McAfee receiving $30-plus million from FanDuel and Tony Romo and Troy Aikman at $18 million, there was a sense that LIV may make Barkley an outrageous provide with the concept it could assist it secures a TV contract.

Charles Barkley sizes up a chip at Bedminster during the pro-am.
Charles Barkley sizes up a chip at Bedminster throughout the pro-am.
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Turner has not but made a transfer to tear up Barkley’s deal or to attempt to prolong him. He has three years left on his TNT contract, which ends concurrently the community’s deal with the NBA does.

“I’ve not talked to Turner, to be sincere with you,” Barkley mentioned. “I believe they had been nervous as a result of everybody was throwing round all these numbers. I might clearly by no means attempt to get them right into a bidding battle. I’ve not talked to Turner.”

The NBA Hall of Famer had beforehand made his emotions on the concept of ​​accepting the Saudi cash clear. He reiterated his determination didn’t have something to do with ending negotiations.

“That had nothing to do with it,” Barkley mentioned. “I instructed you, ‘I do not like these phrases – ‘sports activities washing’ and ‘blood cash.’ I do not like these phrases in any respect as a result of each nation, together with the United States, has stuff happening that they should enhance upon.”

Charlie Barkley at the LIV Golf Invitational in Bedminster.
Charlie Barkley on the LIV Golf Invitational in Bedminster.
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Barkley, 59, has usually mentioned that he desires to retire on the finish of this contract. The timing of Barkley’s contract and TNT’s NBA deal might doubtlessly present extra leverage as he’s the kingpin to its iconic “Inside the NBA.”

“That’s going to be fascinating,” Barkley mentioned. “I do not need to overstay my welcome. I’ve been doing it 21 years already. First off, dude, I’m virtually 60 years previous now. I’m very conscious of my physique disintegrating, like all of the older guys’ our bodies are disintegrating. I wish to be on trip someplace as a substitute of sitting in Turner’s studio as I decay. I do not need to decay on tv.”


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