Former NBA player Charles Barkley has agreed to a 10-year agreement with TNT worth “in excess of $100 million and could approach $200 million.”
The Hall of Famer is now signed to a $10 million per season deal that will end after the 2024–25 season.
Barkley co-stars on TNT’s Inside the NBA alongside Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith.
“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.”
Johnson added, “I always say there are ‘Got to jobs’ and Get to jobs,’ and the four of us clearly have ‘Get to jobs.'” He said, “It’s been a journey of a lifetime to work on this show, with Charles, Kenny, and Shaquille at the desk and alongside such an amazingly talented crew behind the scenes. I’m very blessed.”
“I’ve been on a few championship teams in my day, but there’s nothing quite like this one,” said Smith. “I wanted to continue doing the show because of the basketball and cultural impact that our show has become. I’m excited for the season and many more to come.”
On the Pat McAfee Show earlier this year, he mentioned his media opportunities, which included a partnership with LIV golf.
“I don’t judge other people. Listen, if someone gave me $200 million, I’d kill a relative. … I’m serious. They said Phil Mickelson got $200 million, and Dustin Johnson got $150 million. For $150 million, I’d kill a relative, even one I liked!”