Will he or won’t he? That’s the question the entire sports media landscape has asked after Charles Barkley set a Thursday deadline for LIV Golf to make him an offer to join the upstart league.
On the latest edition of The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand weighed in with his take on what the “Inside the NBA” co-host will do.
“My prediction is he does not go to LIV,” Marchand said. “He gets a huge raise from Turner and stays there and gets a big bump. I reported, and he confirmed, he makes $10 million a year from Turner. I think they already knew they were going to have to pay him more in light of the Brady $375 million deal. In light of what (Tony) Romo makes and Aikman, etc. Barkley, the greatest studio analyst of all-time, makes $10 million, even though that’s a lot for what he does, is still underpaid at this point. So I say he does not do it.”
Barkley appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Monday and insinuated he makes around $20 million per year. With $10 million of his total compensation coming from endorsements, which would conceivably go away should he sign on with the Saudi-backed organization. Several golfers who defected to LIV have seen sponsorships and endorsements end. Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Westwood have all seen a loss of sponsorship, and Marchand says Barkley may be the one person who could weather that storm of negative press.
“Even the story when I was talking to him, he brought up selective outrage. He brought up Nike. Now he didn’t say why he brought up Nike, we all know that they’ve been accused of using child labor that’s been going on for years and years. How many people would talk about their own endorsement deal in a negative light?
“He’s different. I do think the timing of where this tournament is (Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, roughly 50 miles from Ground Zero) this week…the timing is not great.”
LIV Golf is bankrolled by the Public Investment Fund, the financial arm of the Saudi Arabian government. Of the 19 hijackers who participated in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, 15 were from Saudi Arabia. The 9/11 Families United organization met with the media Tuesday to share their displeasure with the golfers who have joined the tour. Alison Crowther, the mother of Welles Crowther (best known as “The Man with the Red Bandana”), said “that they (the golfers) could be morally compromised by money from a source such as this, I find it appalling. I find it a testament to their own character, which is unsatisfactory.”
“He told me in an ideal world, he does both,” Marchand later said. “At the end of the day, are they going to triple his salary? I know he said that on Dan Patrick, but I don’t think they’re giving him $60 million…They’re paying the golfers $50 million per year and they’re going to pay Charles $60 million per year? Come on.”
Golf Channel, Brandel Chamblee Facing Defamation Lawsuit From Patrick Reed
During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker.
Golf Channel and analyst Brandel Chamblee are being sued by golfer Patrick Reed after Reed alleged “misreporting information with falsity and/or reckless disregard of the truth” by the network and Chamblee.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Reed claims Golf Channel, Chamblee, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan have conspired against him since he joined the PGA Tour while trying to “destroy his reputation, create hate and a hostile work environment for him”.
Reed, who has faced cheating allegations dating back to his college golf days, had his legal representation send a cease-and-desist letter to Chamblee in 2020. During a Golf Channel broadcast, Chamblee had reportedly accused Reed of cheating during the Hero World Challenge after being assessed a two-stroke penalty for improving his ball placement in a bunker. Reed claimed he did not intend to improve his lie.
Reed, 2018 winner of The Masters, alleges that Chamblee’s allegations have caused fans to heckle him and label him a cheater at events.
Patrick Reed defected from the PGA Tour in June to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf organization. He is seeking $750 million in damages.
Joe Girardi Joining Marquee Sports Network
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi.
Marquee Sports Network has announced that former Chicago Cubs catcher, and Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies manager Joe Girardi is joining the network as a game analyst. Girardi will work this weekends series between the Cubs and Brewers, as well as a series against the Marlins in September.
Girardi has previously worked as an analyst for YES Network, MLB Network, and Fox Sports.
“I’m excited to join Marquee and look forward to working alongside Boog, JD, and Taylor this weekend at Wrigley Field,” said Girardi. “Growing up a Cubs fan and then having the chance to play for the team for a number of years, I’m honored to now have the opportunity to broadcast from the historic television broadcast booth.”
After a three-time World Series winner as a player, Girardi spent 15 seasons in the big leagues, seven of which came with the Cubs. The former catcher has spent parts of 14 seasons as a manager with the Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies. Girardi was fired as the manager of the Phillies on June 3rd.
“We’re pleased to welcome Joe Girardi to the Marquee Sports Network team,” said Marquee Sports Network General Manager, Mike McCarthy. “His insights as a long-time Cubs player and big league manager will be a valuable addition to the broadcasts. Welcome Joe!”
ACC Network Expands Women’s Basketball, Baseball Tournament Coverage
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network.
ESPN and Raycom have struck a deal to make ACC Network the television home of the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments, beginning with the 2023 season.
A report from Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips was the driving force in the move to ACC Network. Previously, the championship events had been distributed on Bally Sports South, which confused viewers.
“We are thrilled. This is a significant moment that will enhance these premier events and provide much-needed access to our fans,” Phillips said. “We appreciate ESPN, Raycom Sports, and Bally for mutually agreeing to make this happen.”
ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the championship games for both the women’s basketball and baseball tournaments.