During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday, Charles Barkley basically revealed what his salary is at TNT, including endorsements, and what it would take for him to leave Inside The NBA and jump to LIV Golf.
Barkley, who admitted last week that he was going to have a meeting with Greg Norman to discuss a possible role with LIV Golf, said that it would take a lot of money for him to leave TNT.
“If I’m gonna have to lose TNT and lose my sponsors, it will have to be something crazy numbers-wise,” Charles told SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. “I’m taking this meeting, I got no idea what Greg’s gonna say to me, but if I’m going to lose TNT and my commercials, it will have to be a ridiculous number for me to move on.”
On Monday, Dan Patrick floated a salary figure to Barkley that might just get it done.
“I met with Greg [Norman]. He asked me was I interested. I said, of course, I’m here,” Barkley told Patrick. “I wouldn’t have dinner with you if I wasn’t interested and I’m waiting for them to make me a offer, I guess. That’s all I know so far, but it’s been very stressful on me.”
Patrick then asked what the Hall of Famer was looking from from LIV.
Barkley replied, “Listen, I’m not going to get on here and say it’s not about the money. Of course it’s about the money. … I love TNT, but, you know, they’re giving guys $200 million, $150 million, $125, I’d be stupid not to listen to that conversation.”
Patrick then asked Barkley what kind of offer would it take and Charles said it would have to be “astronomical.”
Charles Barkley says if LIV triples his salary he’ll be gone from TNT
Later in the interview, Patrick threw out a number, $20 million in endorsements and TNT salary (which Barkley said was in the ballpark of what he makes), and asked what Charles would do if LIV tripled that and offered $60 million.
Barkley replied, “If they triple it the next time I’m on your show the first question better be, ‘Charles, where are we celebrating at tonight?'”
A decision on what he plans to do should be coming soon he says, because he isn’t “going to keep TNT in limbo,” adding, “I don’t think it’s fair to them.”
Listen to the entire interview below.
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