Former NBA star and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley has confirmed he will be meeting with representatives from LIV Golf to discuss a significant media role with the new tour.
Barkley has expressed support for players leaving to play for LIV Golf and, according to a report from Yahoo Sport (opens in a new tab), Barkley is in the very early stages of his affair with the breakaway series as a broadcaster. Speaking in an interview with ‘The Next Round’, Barkley confirmed his interest, saying: “I’m going to meet LIV. The truth, to always be transparent and honest, they called me and asked if I would like them. was meeting. And I said yes.”
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“Nothing is imminent,” he continued, “in fact, I don’t know everything they want from me or what they technically want me to do. But you always have to look at all the opportunities available to you. So the answer to your question is 100% yes, I’m going to meet LIV.”
While LIV Golf has been able to bring many of the world’s biggest players to its breakaway series, it has yet to land major media stars for its coverage which is currently streaming for free on YouTube.
Barkley is no stranger to media coverage of golf and has been on the broadcast team for “The Match” on several occasions. Exhibition events, which see former American sports stars team up with professional golfers for charity, have grown in popularity since Tiger Woods played against Phil Mickelson in 2018. Barkley himself has participated in an iteration of The Match when he teamed up with Phil Mickelson to beat Peyton Manning and Steph Curry last year. He has also come a long way with his unique golf swing, which has improved tremendously over the years.
Barkley’s media career began when he joined TNT as a basketball analyst in 2000. Besides his exploits as a successful player in the NBA, Barkley is now most famous for his role in Inside the NBA where he won four Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Studio Analyst” for his work alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson Jr.