Charles Barkley met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman on Wednesday. An avid golfer, Barkley is now set to play at the pro-am tournament ahead of LIV Golf’s event next week in Bedminster.
“In a perfect scenario, I would love to do both [TNT and LIV],” Barkley told the Post on Thursday. “I don’t know how Turner’s sponsors are going to feel about it. I know there is going to be some blowback.”
In the wake of Barkley having a meeting with LIV Golf, Barkley stated multiple sponsors have reached out to him expressing concern about his potential interest in LIV Golf.
“They checked in with me,” Barkley said, via ESPN.com. “What I told Subway, Capital One and Dick’s Sporting Goods, I said, ‘Wait a minute. I haven’t signed anything. I haven’t met with the guy. Let’s let this thing play out before you all call me all upset.'”
LIV Golf could offer him a huge contract but it’s clear it would have to be more than what he makes at TNT as well as his sponsors because it appears as if they will part ways with him over this decision.
Before his meeting with LIV, Barkley said he was keeping an open mind heading into his talk with Norman while speaking with PGA Tour pro turned commentator Greg McCord on his SiriusXM show.
“I don’t need the money, but I need the money they’re throwing around, though,” Barkley joked.
“When you look at some of the numbers these guys are getting, the numbers they’re throwing around, I would be foolish not to take the meeting.”
In addition to players, LIV Golf is also clearly making big investments in their broadcasts as well.