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Charles Barkley Meets LIV Golf and Set to Play Pro-Am

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  • Charles Barkley met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman on Wednesday.
  • An avid golfer, Barkley is now set to play the pro-am tournament ahead of next week’s LIV Golf event in Bedminster.
  • Prior to meeting Norman, Barkley said it would take “something crazy in terms of numbers” to convince him to give up his job with TNT to broadcast for LIV.

LIV Golf is courting NBA Hall of Famer and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley as a potential broadcaster.

Barkley met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman in Atlanta on Wednesday and is now expected to play in the pro-am before LIV’s event in Bedminster next week, according to the New York Post.

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Prior to his meeting with LIV, Barkley said he was keeping an open mind ahead of his conversation with Norman while speaking with PGA Tour pro turned commentator Greg McCord on his SiriusXM show.

“I don’t need the money, but I need the money they throw away,” Barkley joked.

“When you look at some of the numbers these guys are getting, the numbers they’re throwing out, I’d be stupid not to be in the meeting.”

Indeed, LIV Golf has used ridiculously large sums of money to entice players off the PGA Tour, including nine-figure guarantees for some of the new league’s top stars. Backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, LIV Golf has a potential war chest far greater than any money the PGA Tour could offer.

In addition to players, LIV Golf also makes heavy investments in their shows. Despite not having a TV deal in the US, LIV Golf’s streams featured impressive production quality from the start, including former NBC Premier League commentator Arlo White leading play-by coverage. -play.

Earlier this week, news broke that former media personality turned golf pro David Faherty would be leaving NBC as an analyst to join LIV Golf, the world’s most prominent in golf media.

As one of the faces of TNT’s beloved “Inside the NBA,” Barkley would be an interesting addition to LIV’s roster.

The Naismith Hall of Famer currently has three years on his contract with TNT and said he wasn’t sure he would be able to keep his NBA job if he started working with LIV.

Barkley also expressed concerns over the loss of sponsors and business deals, stating that if LIV were to make him an offer, it should be good.

“If I’m going to lose TNT and lose my sponsors, it would have to be something crazy in terms of the numbers,” Barkley told McCord. “I’m taking this meeting, I have no idea what Greg is going to tell me, but if I’m going to lose TNT and my adverts it would have to be a ridiculous number for me to move on.”

But clearly for Barkley there is a number.

Speaking on the Pat McAfee show in June, Barkley said he didn’t blame the players for taking the money to play for LIV.

“I don’t judge other people,” Barkley said. “Look, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative.”

“I’m serious!” Barkley joked. “They say Phil Mickelson got $200 million and Dustin Johnson got $150 million. Hey, for $150 million I’ll kill a relative. Even the one I like!”

During his 16-year NBA career, Barkley was known as an avid recreational golfer. His connection to the sport deepened as videos of his once unorthodox, yip-filled swing went viral and famed swing coach Hank Haney set out to fix it in a TV series. He’s been to numerous celebrity golf events, including an iteration of The Match, playing alongside LIV stalwart Phil Mickelson.

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