Warner Bros. Discovery extends NBA coverage to Barkley, Johnson, Smith

By | October 18, 2022

Warner Bros. Discovery has sent a bright signal about its intentions regarding the NBA.

The media company has re-signed Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith to new multi-year deals to host TNT’s flagship studio show “Inside The NBA.” It will expire after the 2024-2025 season on Warner Bros. and Walt Disney’s ESPN. Shaquille O’Neal, the fourth member of the show’s studio team, has signed an extensive deal with the parent company in 2020.

“In the NBA” is probably the biggest program on TNT right now, with a new focus on showing games from the NBA and NHL.

“Our partnership with the NBA is very important to us and this is a long-term agreement with It’s a recognition of the importance of that relationship on an ‘NBA’ team, Louis Silberwasser said. After years of being known as Turner Sports, the division was renamed Warner Bros. Discovery Sports.Ted Turner, chairman and CEO, founded TNT, TBS and CNN. “‘In the NBA’ reflects the spirit of innovation and creativity we have fostered through our successful and long-standing partnership with the league.”

Disney has signaled its interest in maintaining its relationship with the NBA, which CEO Bob Chapek promised in August during investors’ calls to renew ESPN’s rights deal. The NBA Finals are also part of ABC’s regular broadcast schedule.

The new deal could remove some of the speculation surrounding Barclays, which has expressed interest in other opportunities in recent months. Barkley has been working with Warner Bros. Discovery since 2020, initially providing studio analysis for NBA games that will appear on NBA TV. “We’re all one big family — Ernie, Kenny and Shaquille are brothers to me — and if it wasn’t for them and the amazing people who work on our show, I wouldn’t be here,” Barkley said in a statement. I am happy to be able to do live television.

The agreement will keep those known tied to Warner’s assets. Ernie Johnson is entering his 33rd season with Warner NBA Telecast and will help cover Warner Baseball telecasts. Kenny Smith, a two-time champion with the Houston Rockets, is in his 24th year as an analyst for “Inside the NBA.”

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