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How much money does Charles Barkley make on TNT?

During his NBA career, Barkley played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets, and during his pundit career, he worked only for TNT.

TNT analyst Charles Barkley laughs as the NBA season tips off
Steven FreemanDIARIO AS

Charles Barkley is a legendary power forward in NBA history, known for his impressive size, strength, and agility. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets. Barkley’s achievements include being an 11-time NBA All-Star and winning the NBA MVP award 1993. Despite never winning an NBA championship, he is highly respected for his skills and entertaining personality on and off the court.


After retiring as a player in 2000, Barkley transitioned to a successful basketball analyst and commentator career. He is a prominent member of the “Inside the NBA” team on TNT, where he provides insights, analysis, and colorful commentary on NBA games and various basketball-related topics.

Sir Charles and the TNT “Inside the NBA” crew

Charles Barkley, the esteemed basketball icon and renowned NBA analyst, had been earning a substantial sum during his TNT tenure before signing his new extended contract. The disclosed figures indicate that Barkley’s total earnings over five years amounted to a staggering $12 million.

This significant sum encompassed not only his base salary but also contained potential additional benefits he could avail himself of. While this figure may appear substantial to most, it is noteworthy that it falls short compared to the remuneration other analysts within the industry receive.

Charles Barkley signed a new “life-altering” contract in October last year. He has three more years of his existing contract, which guarantees an impressive annual salary of $10 million. The timeframe of Barkley’s current agreement aligns precisely with TNT’s contract extension with the NBA, set to conclude after the 2024-25 season. However, should Turner Broadcasting System opt out of the NBA deal, Barkley could explore opportunities with alternative networks or emerging digital platforms, which have recently been in the market offensive.

It is unclear what amount of money Barkley could earn, but if he fulfills his contract, he could make between $100 million to $200 million. However, it should be noted that Barkley can retire from television before his contract ends.

We’re all a big family. Ernie, Kenny, and Shaquille are brothers to me, and I wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for them and all the amazing people who work on our show,” Barkley said after signing his extension. “I’m not gonna lie, though, this is a life-altering deal ... and I’m blessed to be able to do live television for a living.