Charles Barkley Says He’s Retiring From Broadcasting in 2025

Charles Barkley at Consumer Electronics in 2018
Charles Barkley at Consumer Electronics in 2018. Photo by Mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock (9318396g)

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley plans to retire from broadcasting after the 2024-25 NBA season. Barkley considered one of the best, if not the best, sports studio analysts in history announced his decision during an appearance on NBA TV on Friday.

Barkley’s retirement announcement comes in the wake of struggles of TNT’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery, to keep NBA media rights. Their deal with the league expires after the 2024-25 season, and there is a strong possibility that they will not be able to renew it.

Considering Barkley’s reputation, he could have his choice of jobs on another network, but it turns out the NBA legend isn’t interested in moving elsewhere.

 “I ain’t going nowhere other than TNT. But I have made the decision that no matter what happens, next year is going to be my last year on television,” Barkley said. “And I just want to say thank you to my NBA family. You guys have been great to me. My heart is full of joy and gratitude.”

TNT released a statement shortly after Barkley made his comments.

“We’re looking forward to another fantastic NBA on TNT season and further discussion of our future plans with him,” the network said in a statement.

Barkley has been serving as an analyst for TNT since 2000 and is part of the network’s highly successful show Inside the NBA alongside Ernie Johnson Jr., Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal. He has been lauded for his outspoken persona on television and received four Sports Emmy Awards for his work.

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