After all the rumors that Charles Barkley was going to leave for another LIV Golf or retire, Sir Charles will remain with TNT for the foreseeable future. According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, he recently inked a 10-year contract to stay with the network.
A nine-figure deal?
Details about the contract have yet to be released, but Marchand notes that the deal is well worth over $100 million. In fact, it could reach $200 million.
It seems that the retired NBA legend is about to rake it in. His current contract reportedly pays around $10 million per season and will expire at the end of the 2024-25 season.
Interestingly, Barkley never made that much money during his playing days, despite being one of the best power forwards of all time.
Officially, the Hall of Famer earned a little more than $40 million as a player. His highest annual salary in the NBA was $4.76 million, which he earned during the 1995-96 season, his last with the Phoenix Suns. The former MVP also had tenures with the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets.
A big family
There were likely many reasons for Barkley to stay with TNT. Probably the biggest is that he gets to continue covering the Association with his long-time "Inside the NBA" co-hosts and friends Shaquille O'Neal, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith.
The 11-time All-Star also addressed how blessed he is to sign the deal and work with his "big family."
"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."
With the deal in place, fans and viewers can continue getting the latest news and amusing commentaries from Barkley and the crew.