Charles Barkley had some harsh words for the NFL ahead of Wild Card Weekend. Chuck sounded off on the NFL’s decision to air a playoff game exclusively on Peacock.
The game that had the unfortunate honor is an AFC showdown between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs in the freezing temperatures at Arrowhead.
NBC Universal paid the NFL $110 million last year for the exclusive rights to the playoff game.
But during an appearance on ESPN Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy, Barkley let his honest thoughts about the decision be known.
“Oh, man. Can I take a shot at the NFL? Showing this game not on cable, that’s low class,” Barkley said. “That’s not cool, they’re just being greedy pigs. I’m glad some NFL players are taking some shots at them.
“They sold the game for 110 million. And I know that’s a lot of money, but the NFL is making $20 billion a year. To screw your fans like that, it’s just not cool at all. That’s just flat out greedy and I’m disappointed in the NFL.”
Barkley has a point, but in the end, why should the NFL care?
The local Miami and Kansas City markets will have the game available on their local NBC affiliates, while the rest of the world will have to turn to Peacock or alternate streaming options.
People will tune in, and the NFL knows that.
So, while Barkley is spitting some truth, it is going to fall on deaf ears.
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