NBA News: June 17th

NBA News: June 17th


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Charles Barkley, a legendary figure in basketball and television, has announced his retirement from his role as a TV analyst on TNT and CBS Sports after the 2024-25 season. Since 2000, Barkley has been a key part of the Emmy-winning “Inside the NBA” show, becoming a beloved figure in sports broadcasting.

Former NBA Player Charles BarkleyBarkley’s decision to retire comes at a time when Warner Bros. Discovery, the owner of TNT, faces uncertainty about the future of NBA media rights. Despite this, Barkley made it clear that his choice was personal and not influenced by external factors. He expressed deep gratitude towards his NBA family: “My heart is full of joy and gratitude.”

TNT Sports released a statement praising Barkley as a Hall of Famer and an icon in broadcasting. They expressed their excitement for the upcoming NBA season on TNT and mentioned future discussions about their plans with Barkley.

The current NBA media rights deal with ESPN and TNT Sports will expire after the next season. ESPN is expected to pay $2.6 billion per season for broadcast rights, including the Finals and conference finals. Amazon Prime Video will also acquire rights to a conference final every other year, along with other key matchups, for about $1.8 billion per season. NBC and Warner Bros. Discovery are reportedly competing for the remaining games.

Barkley emphasized his commitment to TNT, saying he will not move to another network. He plans to pass the baton to potential successors like Jamal Crawford, Vince Carter, or Steve Smith. Reflecting on his 25-year career in broadcasting, Barkley conveyed his thanks to his colleagues and fans, ensuring they heard the news directly from him.

With this balance of changes in the broadcasting landscape, NBA playoff odds could also be affected as media coverage and viewer engagement evolve. As the NBA navigates these shifts, the departure of a significant figure like Barkley marks the end of an era in sports broadcasting.



The Dallas Mavericks are eyeing USC guard Bronny James with the 58th pick in the upcoming NBA draft, according to sources. Despite their interest, it’s considered unlikely he’ll be available at that spot. James, son of Lakers star LeBron James, is projected to be chosen earlier in the second round.ย 

The draft order has been affected by tampering violations, leaving Dallas with the final pick. As teams strategize for the draft, NBA Finals odds could be influenced by these player selections, impacting future team dynamics and strategies.