'I'm Gonna Meet LIV' - Charles Barkley Considering New Role

According to reports, LIV Golf wants Barkley to be the face of its media output

Charles Barkley Considering New Role
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Former NBA star and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley has confirmed he will meet with LIV Golf representatives to discuss a significant media role with the new tour. 

Barkley has been vocal about his support for players leaving to go and play for LIV Golf and, according to a report from Yahoo Sport (opens in new tab), Barkley is in the very early stages of linking up with the breakaway series as a broadcaster. Speaking in an interview with 'The Next Round' Barkley confirmed interest saying, "I'm gonna meet with LIV. Truth, to always be transparent and honest, they called me and asked me would I meet with them. And I said yes."

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"Nothing is imminent," he continued, "I actually don't know everything they want from me or what they technically want me to do. But you've got to always look at every opportunity that's available. So the answer to your question is 100% yes, I'm gonna meet with LIV."

While LIV Golf has been able to coax many of the world's leading players to its breakaway series, it has yet to land any major media stars for its coverage which currently streams for free on YouTube. 

Barkley is no stranger to golf media coverage and has been part of the broadcast team for 'The Match' on a number of occasions. The exhibition events, which sees former stars of American sport pair up with professional golfers for charity, has grown in popularity since Tiger Woods played Phil Mickelson in 2018. Barkley himself participated in an iteration of The Match when he paired up with Phil Mickelson to beat Peyton Manning and Steph Curry last year. He's had quite the journey with his unique golf swing too, which has seen drastic improvement over the years. 

Barkley's media career started when he joined TNT as a basketball analyst in 2000. Aside from his exploits as a successful player in the NBA, Barkley is now most famous for his role on Inside the NBA where he has won four Emmy Awards for 'Outstanding Studio Analyst' for his work alongside Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson Jr. 

Dan Parker
Dan Parker

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 

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