Charles Barkley names his price to join LIV Golf and the outrage that comes with it
Charles Barkley names his price to join LIV Golf and the outrage that comes with itThe Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT broadcaster is approaching his flirtation with the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed golf league as he does most subjects — with candor.
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley are one of the more popular duos on television. Hosts of ‘Inside the NBA’ on TNT, the NBA Hall of Famers have developed a great camaraderie on one of the NBA’s premier pre- and postgame shows. © Provided by Golfweek
Yet Barkley almost ended his basketball commentating foray to get into the world of golf.
Rumors swirled for a few weeks about Barkley’s interest in joining LIV Golf as another commentator on its broadcasts, which don’t have a TV sponsor and air on YouTube. Last week at the third LIV Golf event at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey, Barkley played in the pro-am, and he told Golfweek he hadn’t received an offer by the time he finished play.
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Why David Feherty left NBC to join LIV Golf broadcast team ? The answer, as with nearly everything related to LIV Golf, seems to be money. LIV Golf is offering players mega prize money. Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace, the winners of the first two LIV Golf events, netted $4 million each, the biggest paychecks in the sport's history, according to Reuters. Money talks in the booth, as well, it seems.
David Feherty announced following the 150th Open Championship he was joining LIV Golf as a broadcaster, and Barkley would’ve added another colorful, bombastic voice to the broadcast. Yet it would take away from what has become a great pair between O’Neal and Barkley.
So, did Shaq try and talk Sir Charles out of it?
“No. Charles is a dear friend. I would’ve supported him every which way,” O’Neal said in an interview with USA Today. “Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, that didn’t make a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes up like this at this age that’s legal – controversial but legal – you gotta look at it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad.
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David Feherty built a decades-long career working on CBS and NBC golf broadcasts. He also hosted ten seasons of his eponymous interview series on Golf Channel, and worked the Olympics for NBC as well. Now, though, he’s joined LIV Golf as the Saudi-backed startup league’s lead analyst. (For a broadcast that, for the moment, remains Read more The post David Feherty cites money, cancel culture as reasons he joined LIV Golf appeared first on Awful Announcing.