Charles Barkley Announces Retirement From TV At The End Of Next Season

 

In a heartfelt announcement, NBA legend and television personality Charles Barkley has declared that the upcoming 2024-25 NBA season will be his last on television. During the postgame coverage of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Barkley shared his decision with fans, expressing gratitude for his 24-year tenure with TNT’s “Inside the NBA.”

Barkley’s retirement comes amidst speculation about the future of NBA broadcasts on Turner Sports, as the league negotiates a new broadcast rights deal. Despite the uncertainty, Barkley affirmed his commitment to TNT, stating he would not join another network regardless of the outcome.

 

“There’s been a lot of noise around our network the last few months. I just want to say, I talked to all the other networks, but I ain’t going nowhere other than TNT. But I have made the decision myself, no matter what happens, next year is going to be my last year on television. 

I just want to say thank you to my NBA family. You guys have been great to me, my heart is full with joy and gratitude, but I’m going to pass the baton at the end of next year. I hope the NBA stays with TNT … I’m not going to another network, but I’m going to pass the baton to Jamal Crawford or Vince Carter or you Steve [Smith], but next year, I’m just going to retire after 25 years.”

 

 

The announcement was met with an outpouring of support from fans and colleagues alike. Barkley, known for his candid humor and insightful commentary, has been a staple of NBA television since joining TNT in 2000. His departure marks the end of an era for basketball fans around the world.

As he prepares to pass the baton to fellow analysts Jamal Crawford or Vince Carter, Barkley looks forward to spending more time with his family and pursuing personal interests. His legacy as one of the most recognizable faces in basketball TV coverage will undoubtedly endure.

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