ESPNmade a push to reunite Skip Baylessand Stephen A. Smith, in keeping with The New York Publish.
Sports activitiesreportedly retained Bayless by giving him a four-year, $32 million contract.
- Smith, who reportedly was the driving power behind the pursuit of Bayless, can be mentioned to make round $8 million per yr.
Fox Sports activities spent large to retain Skip Bayless and stop him from rejoining ESPN, according to The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
In keeping with Marchand, Fox Sports activities agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with Bayless, guaranteeing he stays on FS1’s “Undisputed.” He may get a second day by day present sooner or later.
In keeping with Marchand, the contract got here amid a push from ESPN to reunite Bayless with “First Take” star Stephen A. Smith. ESPN reportedly had various presents out for Bayless, coming between $26 million to $31 million whole.
In keeping with Marchand, the negotiations concluded final fall after a months-long course of.
Smith was reportedly the “driving power” for the reunion with Bayless. The 2 provocative stars would have had their very own ESPN+ present and made appearances at halftime of “Monday Evening Soccer,” in keeping with Marchand. Bayless wouldn’t have reunited with Smith on “First Take,” in keeping with Marchand.
Bayless left ESPN for FS1 in 2016. Marchand reported that when Bayless left, ESPN tried to dealer a deal the place Bayless would nonetheless seem on ESPN reveals whereas additionally doing “Undisputed,” however the logistics turned too difficult.
In keeping with Marchand, Smith, who now has an ESPN+ present, “Stephen A’s World,” additionally makes round $8 million per yr.
Marchand reported in November that ESPN laid off 300 folks because of the coronavirus pandemic.