Charles Barkley may be known for his opinions on sports and sometimes on politics, but he’s about to be known for the blockbuster agreement he has reportedly signed with TNT.
According to The New York Post, the NBA legend has committed to a 10-year deal with TNT. The exact number of the deal is not public, but the outlet reports it is at least $100 million.
Barkley currently has three years left on a contract that pays him $10 million per season. Currently, his contract coincides with TNT’s agreement with the NBA deal expiring after the 2024-25 season.
If Turner were not to keep the NBA, Barkley could potentially own rights to go work for another network or digital platform, if Apple, Amazon or others are involved.
Previously, the 59-year-old mentioned possibly retiring at 60, but TNT has made a huge commitment to him and his partners, as co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith are either in the midst of long-term deals or were recently signed to new ones.
“We’re all a big family — Ernie, Kenny and Shaquille are brothers to me — and I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for them and all the amazing people who work on our show,” Barkley said. “I’m not gonna lie, though, this is a life-altering deal … and I’m blessed to be able to do live television for a living.”