July 10, 2008
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In My Own Words: Charles Barkley
From his early beginnings in small town Alabama to becoming a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Charles Barkley has achieved more in his career than he ever could have imagined as a young boy. In SportsSouth's In My Own Words: Charles Barkley, Barkley details the highs and lows of his life on and off the basketball court.
In My Own Words: Charles Barkley airs Saturday, July 12 at 11:30 am CT, Tuesday, July 15 at 5:30 pm CT, Tuesday, July 29 at 8:30 pm CT, Sunday, August 3 at 4:30 pm CT and Sunday, August 31 at 11:30 pm CT.
Charles Barkley on why he started playing basketball:
"It kept me out of trouble. I wasn't any good; I wasn't even good enough to play actually. I played on a recreational league where you have to pay to play. But it put me around a good group of people. It put me in a situation where I didn't have a lot of free time.
I got on the team later in school, but playing on the recreational league put me around good people and kept me out of trouble."
Barkley on taking Auburn to the NCAA tournament:
"My junior year we made it to the tournament. And it was really cool.
It was the first time Auburn had made it to the tournament. And everybody was really excited. That's probably, to me, one of my prouder accomplishments, to take a team that's never been a basketball school and get them to the NCAA tournament for the first time. That was really cool for me and one of my greater accomplishments."
Barkley on his future:
"I haven't made a final decision on what I'm going to do politically.
just want to do good. I think that if I ran for governor, obviously there would be a lot of cameras on me. And what I want to do is just use who I am to do good things and make the world a better place. That's what it's really about to me. Basketball is like the smallest, minute thing in my life. I want to make sure I use all my power and fame to make the world a better place."
SportSouth's In My Own Words turns the studio lights on prominent Southeastern sports personalities. Devoted to just one guest per show, each episode centers on a face-to-face conversation; however, in a departure from traditional television production, SportSouth airs each interview with minimal editing, allowing the viewer to experience the meeting as it really happened. The Emmy Award-winning shows provide viewers with an unprecedented level of access and insight into their favorite local sports personalities and teams.
FSN South, the nation's largest regional sports network, reaches more than 12 million cable and satellite homes in seven states in the Southeast, and SportSouth reaches more than nine million cable and satellite homes across a six-state region. Through its affiliates and other Fox Networks Group-owned networks, FSN reaches more than 70 million homes through 16 owned-and-operated networks. Headquartered in Los Angeles, FSN serves as the television home to more than half of all MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces close to 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 1,600 in high-definition.