1. Charles Barkley is unlike any broadcaster in the history of sports media. There is no other person of his profile who goes on national radio and tells all the details of his negotiations with one company and where he stands with another.
But Barkley did on Monday during an interview with Dan Patrick, where he openly talked about possibly joining the LIV Golf Tour and leaving TNT.
In addition to saying, “Of course, it’s about the money” and that LIV would have to give him an “astronomical” deal to get him to leave Turner Sports, Barkley gave Patrick a bunch of information about where he stands with TNT and LIV .
- Barkley had dinner with LIV Golf boss Greg Norman last week, but LIV has not made Barkley a formal offer.
- Turner has not contacted or spoken to Barkley about his future. “They were very quiet,” Barkley said.
- Barkley told Patrick he makes about $20 million a year between Turner and sponsorships. If LIV offers $60 million per year, Barkley will accept LIV’s offer.
- Barkley said he gave LIV enough publicity for the week. If LIV doesn’t make him an offer by Thursday night, he’s set to potentially join LIV. “I’m not going to keep TNT in the dark,” Barkley said.
Given the money that LIV threw at the golfers, I would be stunned if they didn’t give Barkley the money he wanted. It’s pretty embarrassing, but honestly I think we’ve seen the last of Barkley on Inside the NBA.
And while Barkley’s comments are the news here, I have to say one thing: Dan Patrick is a great interviewer. He asked Barkley every question that needed to be asked.
2. The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox 28–5 on Friday, 4–1 on Saturday and 8–4 on Sunday. That adds up to 40 runs for Toronto and 10 for Boston. The Red Sox were destroyed by a comedy of errors that you have to see to believe.
3. Cardinals pitcher Myles Mikolas showed up to his postgame interviews Sunday wearing a cowboy hat.
This led to studio analyst Al Hrabosky wanting to make a reference to Ron Burgundy. Instead, however, Hrabosky dropped the name of a famous porn star, prompting a backlash from Hrabosky’s on-air partner.
4. WWE on Monday officially announced Stephanie McMahon and Nick Hahn as co-CEOs.
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More importantly for WWE viewers, the company also announced that Triple H, aka Paul Levesque, “will assume all creative responsibilities for WWE in addition to his regular duties.”
It will be interesting to see if Levesque can implement the changes he wants, considering that while Vince McMahon may have left the company, he is still Levesque’s father-in-law.
5. I missed this last week because I don’t pay attention to anything related to the ESPYs, but Kevin Durant responding on Twitter to Peyton Manning’s jokes about him at the 2017 ESPYs was vintage Kevin Durant.
6. This week SI Media Podcast features a fun conversation with the always funny Peter Schrager.
Topics covered include changes in Good morning, football cast, inside stories from Sean McVay’s recent wedding, Zach Wilson’s recent return to the spotlight, which current NFL players would make good broadcasters, the death of comedy in movies, Inheritance and much more.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google.
You can also watch SI Media Podcast on YouTube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Congratulations to Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. It was announced Monday morning that Doggie will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame later this year. In honor of the occasion, let’s revisit a classic Mad Dog moment.
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