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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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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.

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Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.

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Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

“Over the past few years, Audacy has been on a transformational journey, investing in our capabilities to serve our listeners and customers and accelerate our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions, enhancements to our platform, and the addition of hundreds of team members to our workforce,” explained an Audacy spokesperson. “We remain committed to this exciting transformation which has made us a much stronger organization, but in light of current macroeconomic headwinds, like so many other companies, we have been proactively taking actions to mitigate against the impact of any downturn. These include evaluating budgets, reducing expenses, and also reducing our workforce.”

One host who is expected to remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce less than 5% of its programming staff.

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