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Andrew Marchand Predicts Charles Barkley Stays Put, Gets Big Raise From TNT

“They’re paying the golfers $50 million per year and they’re going to pay Charles $60 million per year? Come on.”

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Will he or won’t he? That’s the question the entire sports media landscape has asked after Charles Barkley set a Thursday deadline for LIV Golf to make him an offer to join the upstart league.

On the latest edition of The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand weighed in with his take on what the “Inside the NBA” co-host will do.

“My prediction is he does not go to LIV,” Marchand said. “He gets a huge raise from Turner and stays there and gets a big bump. I reported, and he confirmed, he makes $10 million a year from Turner. I think they already knew they were going to have to pay him more in light of the Brady $375 million deal. In light of what (Tony) Romo makes and Aikman, etc. Barkley, the greatest studio analyst of all-time, makes $10 million, even though that’s a lot for what he does, is still underpaid at this point. So I say he does not do it.” 

Barkley appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Monday and insinuated he makes around $20 million per year. With $10 million of his total compensation coming from endorsements, which would conceivably go away should he sign on with the Saudi-backed organization. Several golfers who defected to LIV have seen sponsorships and endorsements end. Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Westwood have all seen a loss of sponsorship, and Marchand says Barkley may be the one person who could weather that storm of negative press.

“Even the story when I was talking to him, he brought up selective outrage. He brought up Nike. Now he didn’t say why he brought up Nike, we all know that they’ve been accused of using child labor that’s been going on for years and years. How many people would talk about their own endorsement deal in a negative light?

“He’s different. I do think the timing of where this tournament is (Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, roughly 50 miles from Ground Zero) this week…the timing is not great.”

LIV Golf is bankrolled by the Public Investment Fund, the financial arm of the Saudi Arabian government. Of the 19 hijackers who participated in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, 15 were from Saudi Arabia. The 9/11 Families United organization met with the media Tuesday to share their displeasure with the golfers who have joined the tour. Alison Crowther, the mother of Welles Crowther (best known as “The Man with the Red Bandana”), said “that they (the golfers) could be morally compromised by money from a source such as this, I find it appalling. I find it a testament to their own character, which is unsatisfactory.”

“He told me in an ideal world, he does both,” Marchand later said. “At the end of the day, are they going to triple his salary? I know he said that on Dan Patrick, but I don’t think they’re giving him $60 million…They’re paying the golfers $50 million per year and they’re going to pay Charles $60 million per year? Come on.”

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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