Charles Barkley has signed a new, long-term deal with TNT worth more than $100 million after flirting with the idea of beating LIV Golf over the summer.
The former NBA star, 59, has agreed to a 10-year deal that could potentially bring him closer to $200 million, according to the New York Post.
He has three years left on his current deal with Turner, who pays him $10 million a season, and speculation about his future had grown in recent months after the ex Phoenix Suns forward admitted earlier in February that he would like to quit. to work. temp jobs by the time he’s 60.
However, Barkley has changed his mind after TNT managed to renew the contracts of his ‘Inside the NBA’ game show colleagues, Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson and Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith.
“We’re all one big family — Ernie, Kenny and Shaquille are brothers to me — and I wouldn’t still be here without them and all the wonderful people working on our show,” Barkley said in a statement Monday.
“I’m not going to lie though, this is a life-changing deal…and I’m blessed to be able to make live television for a living.”
Charles Barkley, 59, has signed a new 10-year deal with TNT worth more than $100 million. Since his retirement in 2000, he has been part of the station’s coverage of the NBA
Barkley joins Shaquille O’Neal (far left), host Ernie Johnson (second from left), and Kenny Smith in signing new long-term contracts with one of America’s largest cable network channels
Barkley had considered the idea of taking part in the LIV Golf broadcast, and in June joked about the huge salary he would receive if hired, referring to the high income the tour’s golfers earn.
“I don’t judge other people,” Barkley once told Pat McAfee on his podcast. “Listen, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative. […] I mean it. They said Phil Mickelson got $200 million and Dustin Johnson got $150 million. For $150 million I’d kill a relative, even one I liked!’
The man known by the name “Chuck” even met LIV CEO Greg Norman over the summer, the New York Post reported.
However, Barkley turned down the chance to join the Saudi-backed golf tour before negotiations began, after saying he would be willing to overlook criticisms of the tour’s sports wash and the tour’s unlimited riches. .
Barkley (pictured playing golf in July) flirted with the idea of being part of LIV Golf’s coverage
“I want to thank Greg Norman and LIV for their interest in me,” Barkley said during a telephone interview, The NY Post reported. “I wish those guys every success and nothing but the best. But for my own good and to be fair to Turner – because Turner and basketball have given me everything in my life – it’s best for me to move on, and I’ll stay with Turner for the rest of my TV career. ‘
Exact details of Barkley’s new deal have not yet been revealed, but ‘Chuck’ does have the option to stop broadcasting before his new contract expires, according to the NY Post.
As things stand, TNT’s deal with the NBA runs through the end of the 2024-25 season, and Warner Bros. Discovery will certainly want to keep its hosts and sports audience happy by signing an extension as well.
Among rival digital platforms interested in getting the rights to broadcast league matches are Apple and Amazon.
Barkley (34) was an 11-time All-Star and the MVP of the league in 1993. Pictured with Michael Jordan
Barkley will also be able to collaborate and produce documentaries and shows with TNT and his own production company, Round Mound Media. He has served as a studio analyst for TNT since his retirement in 2000.
The 1993 league MVP and 11-time All-Star has won four Sports Emmy Awards for his work on Turner.
Additionally, since 2011, Barkley has covered broadcasts of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament for both TNT and CBS Sports. Since 2011, he has been a part of every Final Four show.
He, along with host Ernie Johnson, Shaq and Kenny “The Jet” Smith, will be back in the studio for TNT on Tuesday as the 2022-2023 NBA season kicks off again with the Los Angeles Lakes facing off against the reigning champion, Golden State Warriors.
The other league game on opening night is the Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics.