Charles Barkley takes another step towards LIV Golf, ready to play pro-am at Trump Bedminster
No more Shaq against Chuck?
Charles Barkley is being courted by the LIV Golf Series to take a mic and become one of the voices on the upstart tour, but before that he will play in an event.
Barkley is playing in the upcoming LIV Golf pro-am tournament at Trump Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey, according to the New York Post. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman is reportedly preparing an offer for Barkley to join.
It’s unclear how airing LIV Golf would affect his working relationship with TNT, where he’s part of an acclaimed analyst panel on ‘Inside the NBA’, but there has been speculation that Barkley could be coerced to leave TNT to join LIV Golf.
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The Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that Barkley has entered into a three-year, $30 million pact with Turner Sports. Sports commentator Dan Patrick recently said Barkley feared losing sponsors if he made the jump.
Aside from Barkley’s notorious exploits on the golf course, he has minimal experience calling golf. He has been part of “The Match” shows for the past few years and also played in an event alongside Phil Mickelson, currently of LIV Golf.
David Feherty, a former golfer and NBC golf broadcaster, has also reportedly joined LIV Golf as a broadcaster.
If Barkley makes the jump, I hope he’s not. turbulent on the show.