Charles Barkley says he turned down Monday Night Football

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Here’s something that sure to spice up a fairly slow Monday.

Charles Barkley recently claimed he was offered Monday Night Football, and that he turned it down.

The remark was made during an appearance on the first episode of The Jim Brockmire Podcast, in which Hank Azaria inhabits the excellent Brockmire character for some sports talk. During a discussion with Barkley (use earbuds if at work; it gets a little salty) about Twitter trolls, Barkley casually drops the MNF bombshell.

He doesn’t say when the offer was made, only that, “I like football, but I ain’t gonna be one of these jackasses get on TV and act like he know about football.” (I resemble that remark.)

The comment largely has gone unnoticed. I saw it a little while ago in an item from Demetri Ravanos of BarrettSportsMedia.com.

ESPN has tried to elevate the quality of the Monday Night Football booth in recent years. The result has been a largely-revolving door that still doesn’t feel like it’s truly found it desired voices. Peyton Manning remains a constant possibility, as does Philip Rivers and perhaps even Sean McVay, if he burns out on coaching before he turns 40 (and some think he will).

If they offered the gig to Barkley, it shows that they’re willing to go outside the box for the first time since the powers-that-be blurred the line between ingenuity and f–kin’ nutty when ABC hired Dennis Miller more than 20 years ago.

21 responses to “Charles Barkley says he turned down Monday Night Football

  1. I love Barkley so dang much, dude is a gem and Inside the NBA is the best sports studio show in the history of television, but I respect him even more for being self aware enough to stay in his lane recognizing that he wasn’t an expert. Not to say it is totally necessary to have actually played the sport, because frankly – most ex players do not belong on tv and a lot are surprisingly ignorant to what’s going on around the league

  2. Barkley announcing a game would be awful. The guy can be pretty funny at times but he consistently struggles to string two sentences together. 3+ hours of that would be brutal.

  3. Barkley would be refreshing. He might tell it like it is – – – unlike golf announcers.

  4. More of an indictment on TV executives & producers that they don’t have a clue what they’re doing most of the time.
    Usually when they find something that works & is successful, it’s completely by accident.

  5. Barkley on MNF would have dwarfed the Dennis Miller era as the worst era in MNF history. He’s merely a foil to Shaq and Kenny now.

  6. Play by play is more important than color commentary in my opinion. Color commentators always create love/hate reactions in the viewership, from Madden to Romo. My father turned the sound off for Madden and I do the same for Romo.

  7. Jim Brockmire doing play by play for MNF would be absolute ratings gold. That MUST happen.

  8. Dennis Miller was far better than the majority of announcers we have. If Collinsworth can do it anyone can.

  9. It’s hard to believe Barkley was actually offered the MNF job I think he was just talking trash. That would have been a mistake if it were true.
    Dennis Miller did have a few funny comments during his time but for the most part it was maddening listening to him.

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