ABC once offered Charles Barkley a halftime sport on MNF

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Charles Barkley recently said he turned down a chance to be on Monday Night Football. He didn’t say when the offer was made, and he didn’t elaborate on its terms.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, ABC once offered Barkley a halftime spot on Monday Night Football. The possibility was raised with Barkley after Mike Pearl, who passed earlier this year at 77, returned to ABC from Turner Broadcasting in 2003. Pearl ran the NBA coverage at Turner and had a great relationship with Barkley. Pearl wanted Barkley to be a weekly halftime guest with Al Michaels and John Madden. The trio would have, and could have, talked about anything during the segment.

Barkley engaged in discussions with ABC about the possibility before declining the opportunity roughly a week later.

It’s unclear whether Barkly was specifically referring to the potential halftime segment with Michaels and Madden when he raised the issue on The Jim Brockmire Podcast, or whether there has been a more recent effort to recruit him to Monday Night Football. Regardless, one attempt came roughly 18 years ago, and he passed.

10 responses to “ABC once offered Charles Barkley a halftime sport on MNF

  1. Got to respect Charles Barkley, he calls it like it is and could care less who he offends.

    He’s been doing that for a long time.

  2. I never watch any pre-game or half time shows, but I’d tune in to see Barkley. He’s knowledgeable, entertaining, and interesting. He always has something to say, and he’s never repeating what other people say. That’s unusual in today’s day and age.

  3. mike624 says:
    April 12, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    Got to respect Charles Barkley, he calls it like it is and could care less who he offends.

    He’s been doing that for a long time.
    ————————————————————
    “Couldn’t “ care less. I know , I know. I hate word police myself but I’m just a stickler for that one. Sorry buddy

  4. nationalmediacansuckit says:
    April 12, 2021 at 9:21 pm
    mike624 says:
    April 12, 2021 at 8:57 pm
    Got to respect Charles Barkley, he calls it like it is and could care less who he offends.

    He’s been doing that for a long time.
    ————————————————————
    “Couldn’t “ care less. I know , I know. I hate word police myself but I’m just a stickler for that one. Sorry buddy
    ———————-

    I’m a stickler for ‘comma’ use. Sorry COMMA buddy. Sorry, buddy. 🙂

  5. Over exposed. He’s fine doing NBA on TNT. There is no need for him on MNF or NCAA. Then again, maybe he won’t quit on a team, throw a towel on a coaches head or heaven forbid, spit on a little girl that was intended for an unruly fan. I’ve been following him since his Auburn days and then as a Sixer. Great player and definitely a HOF. As a TV guy, I could do without him on NFL. It would be yet another reason not to watch halftime. People say he speaks his mind, which sometimes appears to be on “repeat cycle”. Listen carefully to him because he repeats his initial point many times, multiple ways.

  6. Like him or not, Barkley don’t mince words. He speaks his mind and I can’t remember him ever back-pedaling.

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