Stephen A. Smith, the favored and typically controversial sports activities analyst, might grow to be essentially the most compensated on-air expertise at ESPN.
In accordance with the New York Put up’s Andrew Marchand, Smith is “in line” to rake in between $eight million and $10 million yearly. His present take care of ESPN is about to run out in 2021 and the 2 sides are at the moment within the ultimate phases of negotiations.
ESPN is reportedly ready to offer Smith a considerable increase reasonably than dropping him to a competitor.
Smith has been with ESPN since 2005, and is without doubt one of the most notable names and voices on the community. At present, he’s an analyst on “First Take,” “The Stephen A. Smith Present,” a frequent visitor on ESPN’s NBA protection, and extra. His present deal is price round $5 million per yr.
For a degree of reference, the present highest paid on-air expertise at ESPN is Mike Greenberg who earns $6.5 million a yr to host “Get Up!” The Put up’s report additionally claims “PTI’s” Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are “believed to be in Greenberg’s neighborhood.”
Congrats to Stephen A. Smith. Hold profitable!