Gary McCord in talks with broadcaster LIV can be joined by David Fahrty, Charles Barclay
McCord currently hosts a weekly show on SiriusXM Radio PGA Tour called “The Dry Heave” Getty Images
Golf broadcaster Gary McCord confirmed Saturday that he is in talks with LIV Golf about joining the broadcast team in 2023 along with David Ferti and possibly Charles Barkley, according to GOLF DIGEST’s Dave Shidlowski. “There is no imminent deal,” McCord said. He used “unflattering humor and a lack of respect to establish a successful radio career with CBS Sports over four decades beginning in 1986.” CBS chose not to “renew his contract” after the 2019 season. He currently hosts a weekly show on SiriusXM Radio PGA Tour titled “The Dry Heave” with his former CBS teammates, Feherty and Drew Stoltz. LIV Golf made official what had been rumored for days on Friday when it announced that Farty, most recently at NBC, had joined the broadcast team. McCord said what interests him is “the possibility of him reuniting on the air with Verity – and maybe even working together now” with Barkley. McCord and Barkley have “called in the past” as broadcast partners for several editions of “The Match” (GOLDFIGEST.com, 7/23).
It’s entertainment: GOLF.com’s weekly roundtable discusses what Barkley, Fahrty and McCord can do to increase interest in LIV Golf. Dylan Datar: It would “increase the entertainment value, but not necessarily the credibility of golf.” Barclay “may add to the ‘show’ feel, but it will help generate interest.” Josh Sens: “For LIV supporters, Barkley’s landing will be seen as a particularly strong boost in mass market appeal. And detractors of LIV will see this as further evidence that LIV is heavily funded, but stupid. Josh Priehow: “Adding Sir Charles to the mix feels like a bargain. But it will be an impressive hire, and I think LIV will consider it a big win” (GOLF.com, 24/7). In San Antonio, Mike Finger wrote: “Asking him (Barclay) to come to his senses, or to reveal it all, was a big joke.” Finger writes and Barclay adds “This would be a major coup for LIV, not because it would add robust drop-by-drop analysis.” People “like Barkley as much as some sports commentators on television” (San Antonio Express News, 7/25).
understand it: USA TODAY’s Dan Folken writes for LIV, that Barkley has “become the face of her media apparatus meaningless.” If Barkley “makes a move, LIV will get initial curiosity.” That “will no doubt inspire some people who might not be interested in his product to tune in, at least at first.” Vulcan: “If LIV is going to connect with golf fans, it needs to get rid of the feel of the show.” But hiring a famous former NBA player “objectively bad at the sport shows that he’s not really serious golf, but a good shot and a laugh” (USA Today, 7/22). In Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes wrote that LIV Golf ever wanting Barclay “is the most damning evidence yet that this effort … is nothing more than a stunt by the government of Saudi Arabia to cover its stupid history of human rights abuses that continue today , to disinfect. .” Barkley is “a golf enthusiast, not a former professional golfer, and certainly not a golf expert.” Hayes: “His performance while calling The Match shows was low, with only four players and little golf. It’s like the crooked NBA hires Johnny Miller to act as Reggie Miller.” (Philadelphia Scholar, 7/25).
create influence: In New York, Andrew Marchand wrote that Barclay “is likely to get a big raise anyway, even before he met last week about a position with Liv.” Turner Sports “Know where the market has gone”. Barclay “is the greatest studio analyst of all time and is undoubtedly the biggest reason Inside the NBA is so iconic.” So at a rate of $10 million a year, he’s asking too little. Marchand: “He told me a few days ago that he would like to do both TNT and LIV. Maybe that’s how it will work, but it will only do so if what he earns from LIV covers potential losses from a slew of sponsors,” which include Subway, Capital One and Dick’s Sporting Goods (New York Post, 7/25). In Toronto, Kathl Kelly wrote, “I would spend four hours listening to Charles Barclay read a telephone book.” The less he knows what he is facing, the more enjoyable it will be to listen to him. He may also be “the greatest negotiator on the planet”. Barkley “plays 3D chess in negotiations” and “goes out in public challenging everyone to give him more money”. This includes “both employers and their sponsors” (GLOBE & MAIL, 23/7).
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