Last month, Charles Barkley said in an SI interview that calling a college basketball game with ESPN's Dick Vitale was one thing in broadcasting he'd like to do before leaving the industry. Although there are numerous hurdles and hoops in the way of ESPN's Vitale and Turner's Barkley sharing a booth, momentum is building for the pair to one day announce a game (or games together). Perhaps on ESPN, maybe on CBS, and possibly even for the NCAA Tournament.
CBS has been interested in using Dick Vitale for its NCAA Tournament coverage in past years, but ESPN has said no. Now, there are reports that Bristol may be willing to allow Vitale the opportunity to work tourney games with an ESPN executive VP telling USA Today the network is open to some kind of arrangement. Barkley and Vitale are still publicly stating their interest in working together, but CBS and Turner aren't commenting directly about the future possibility.
Here's the relevant quotes from the parties involved from Michael Hiestand at USA Today:no comments