The next major athlete to be associated with LIV Golf could be … Charles Barkley?
Sir Charles joined the “The Next Round” golf show, and was asked if rumors were true that LIV Golf is pursuing him for a broadcasting role.
“I’m gonna meet with LIV,” Barkley said. “To always be transparent and honest, they called me and asked me if I’d meet with them. I said yes. Nothing’s imminent. I actually don’t know everything they want from me or what they technically want me to do. But you have to always look at every opportunity that’s available.
“So, to answer your question, yes, I’m gonna 100 percent meet with LIV.”
This would be a fascinating fit, as Barkley is notoriously about as bad a golfer as he is a great broadcaster. One also has to imagine that the money Saudi-backed LIV Golf would offer Barkley would be enormous.
Phil Mickelson reportedly got $200 million guaranteed from the upstart golf league, with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau also all believed to have gotten nine-figures up front.
While Barkley may not be in that stratosphere, the fact that they are wooing him logically means they are prepared to make him an offer that would be very difficult to refuse.