Charles Barkley ends LIV Golf contract talks

Charles Barkley

TNT's "Inside the NBA" broadcast caught the rare late-July win on Friday when analyst and NBA Hall of Fame forward Charles Barkley announced he would be returning to the studio show next fall.

The decision, which was first reported by The New York Post's Andrew Marchand, comes on the heels of Barkley flirting with LIV Golf about a possible move to the PGA Tour's rival series as a broadcaster.

The report said that not only would Barkley reject any offers from LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman but that he was committed to Turner Sports for the rest of his broadcasting career.

"It is best for me to move on and I’m staying with Turner for the rest of my TV career," Barkley told The Post.

LIV had not formerly made Barkley a contract offer yet but the basketball star said Thursday at the LIV Golf event in Bedminster, N.J., that he had spoken to Norman.

"I met with Greg," Barkley said in an interview with reporters Thursday after the LIV pro-am tournament at Trump National Golf Club. "And I told him, I'm in a win-win situation. If they offer me something good, that's great. If they don't, I've got a great job at TNT."


Barkley's current contract with TNT has three years remaining on it.