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Charles Barkley Sets Thursday Deadline For LIV Golf Offer

“I can’t get on here and say it’s not about the money. Of course it’s about the money. Everyone is working for money.”

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More light has been shined on Charles Barkley and what could possibly be the biggest sports media story of the month.

On Monday’s episode of The Dan Patrick Show, Barkley shared his thoughts on a potential deal to join the controversial LIV Golf organization. Put together with money from the Public Investment Fund from the Saudi Arabian government, LIV Golf has been the home to several prominent PGA Tour golfers who defected for more money and fewer events.

When asked how the past week has been for the former NBA All-Star, Barkley said it’s been “very stressful. It’s been tough. It’s been hard.”

Barkley met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman to discuss joining the upstart league as a television broadcaster. When Norman asked if Barkley was interested, he replied “of course I’m interested. I wouldn’t have had dinner with you if I wasn’t interested.”

Currently, Barkley works as an analyst on TNT’s wildly popular Inside The NBA and said it would be a difficult job to leave.

“I love TNT. I love Ernie (Johnson), Kenny (Smith), and Shaq (O’Neal) but if they (LIV Golf) do something crazy, I have to listen. I can’t get on here and say it’s not about the money. Of course it’s about the money. Everyone is working for money. Guys are getting between $150-$200 million, I’d be stupid not to listen to those offers.”

When Patrick asked what a “crazy” offer would be, Barkley wasn’t definitive on what that specific number would be but knew several factors would have to be considered.

“They know how much money I make. I have 3 more years left on my TNT deal. I’m probably gonna lose all my commercials. If I lose my TNT gig, that would hurt me a lot” Barkley said.

TNT has yet to comment publicly on the courtship, and Barkley says he hasn’t heard from them, either.

“We have not had any conversations (Barkley and TNT). To be honest with you, Dan, they’ve been very quiet. Everything is really speculation right now. Unless they come to me with something crazy, I’m not leaving TNT. I love TNT.”

“What’s crazy?”, Patrick asked again.

“Considering how much I make now, it’s gonna take something crazy for me to give up my life…I don’t like talking about how much money I make,” Barkley sheepishly said.

“Let’s say you make $20 million between endorsements and TNT. Maybe that’s high,” Patrick replied.

“I’ll tell you right now that it’s not,” Barkley bragged.

“Let’s come back and say they’ll triple it?”, Patrick asked.

“If they triple it…the next time I come on your show the first question should be ‘hey Charles where’s the party tonight? Where are we celebrating?”, Barkley said.

Barkley told Patrick he has put an internal deadline of Thursday when he’ll play in the LIV Golf Pro-Am at Trump National Golf Club in Somerset County, New Jersey.

“When I leave the golf course Thursday night, I better have an offer in hand,” Barkley said.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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