Charles Barkley On Fate Of ‘Inside The NBA’: “Everybody’s Scared To Death”


As the sun is slowly setting on another thrilling NBA season, the iconic ‘Inside the NBA’ show faces its own twilight of uncertainty. Charles Barkley, the show’s outspoken and beloved analyst, recently voiced his concerns over the program’s fate amidst the ongoing negotiations for the NBA’s TV rights deal.


“It’s 50-50 that we lose our part to NBC,” Barkley said. “Am I concerned? 100%, because as much as we have been partners with the NBA for I think 40 years, you would think if it was close in a bidding war, we would get the benefit of the doubt, but clearly that’s not happening … they’re scared to death over here right now.”



The bidding war for the NBA’s final TV rights package has put TNT, the show’s long-time home, in direct competition with NBC. With a reported price tag of $2.5 billion per season, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Since its inception in 1989, ‘Inside the NBA’ has transcended its role as a mere pregame show. It has woven itself into the fabric of basketball culture, offering a blend of insightful analysis, unscripted banter, and heartwarming camaraderie. Barkley, alongside Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal, has turned the show into a nightly ritual for hoops enthusiasts.

The uncertainty looms large as TNT’s contract is set to expire after the 2024-25 season. Barkley, who has been with the show since 2000, admits to having “zero idea” about what lies ahead. The possibility of losing ‘Inside the NBA’ is not just a loss for TNT but a potential shift in how fans engage with the sport.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stands at a crossroads, where his decision will impact more than just broadcast strategies—it will affect the legacy of a show that has become a cornerstone of NBA coverage. As negotiations continue, the anxiety among the cast and crew is palpable.

As we await the official outcome, one thing is certain: ‘Inside the NBA’ has left an indelible mark on the world of sports media. Its potential departure signals the end of an era, but also a reminder of the ever-evolving landscape of sports, media, and the business that intertwines them.

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