Charles Barkley has met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman to discuss a possible role in the broadcast team for the new Saudi Super League, which has caused a schism in the golf world. The former NBA player and one of the best-known faces of the US league broadcasts has pointed out that he intends to combine the two jobs if they allow him.
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“In a perfect scenario I would like to combine TNT and LIV,” Barkley explained to the New York Post. “I don’t know how some of Turner’s sponsors are going to take it, and I know there will be criticism and consequences.”
The figure and celebrity also pointed to the bad reputation of a competition that he assures is not so different from the others in a world full of contradictions such as professional sports and related businesses: “If you are in this world, in one way or another you are collecting money from a not-so-good cause.
According to the economic offer of the new Saudi circuit, Barkley could even choose to leave his role as an NBA commentator, a striking shake given that the main reason would be economic and the former player currently earns an eight-figure figure in the TNT chain.
Charles Wade Barkley (Leeds, February 20, 1963) is a former American basketball player, with the role of great forward.
Nicknamed Sir Charles, in 1993 he was named MVP of the season, in 1997 he was included by the NBA in the list of the 50 strongest players of all time, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
He currently works in television as a sports analyst: he leads the program “Inside the NBA” together with former players Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and journalist Ernie Johnson Jr.
Barkley played college for Auburn University. At Auburn he played mainly as center, although his height, about 195 centimeters, was less than the average of the same role. He then became 198 cm tall. At the beginning of his career, Barkley had weight problems: during his time in college, he weighed over 135 kg. The nickname The Round Mound of Rebound harks back to the days of his stay in Auburn, where he became famous for having a pizza delivered while sitting on the bench during a regular season match.