Charles Barkley says next NBA season will be his last on television

Charles Barkley will soon retire from his career in television, the former Auburn basketball star announced on NBATV on Friday.

Barkley’s announcement puts the future of “Inside the NBA” in jeopardy. TNT, which airs the popular studio show, is reportedly not among the networks signing media rights deals to continue broadcasting NBA games.

“There has been a lot of noise around our network in recent months,” Barkley said after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the 2024 NBA Finals. “I just want to say that I have spoken to all the other networks, but I’m not going anywhere but TNT. But I made the decision myself, no matter what, next year will be my last year on television. I want to thank my NBA family. You have been great to me and gratitude.

“But I’m going to pass the baton at the end of next year. I hope the NBA stays with TNT. But for me personally, I wanted you to hear it from me. Because I don’t do interviews anymore. Don You don’t call, nobody calls me. I’m not talking about this anymore. I’m retiring next year after 25 years. I just wanted to thank you and I wanted to hear that from me first.”

A 16-year NBA veteran and 11-time all-star, Barkley spent three seasons at Auburn before being selected No. 5 overall in the 1984 NBA Draft. He had professional stints with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets.

“Like I said, I don’t know what’s going to happen (with the media rights),” Barkley said. “I hope we stay with TNT. But I wanted to tell you all in person because I’m done doing interviews. … Next year is going to be a great year no matter what happens. Thank you NBA people and TNT and NBATV and everyone.”

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Richard Silva is the Auburn athletics beat writer for the Montgomery Advertiser. He can be reached via email at [email protected] or on X, formerly known as Twitter, @rich_silva18.