Stephen A. Smith’s new five-year agreement will make him ESPN’s most generously compensated sportscaster, with a yearly pay of about $8 million every year, as stated in the New York Post.
It moves the sportscaster past Mike Greenberg’s yearly compensation of $6.5 million, ESPN’s past known most significant pay. The 52-year-old seemed to commend his arrangement with a tweet on Friday.
Exchanges among Smith and ESPN supposedly started in April.
“Smith will continue to be front and center on ESPN’s air with his daily morning show ‘First Take,’ as well as on ‘SportsCenter’ and the network’s NBA coverage. Though the finer points of the contract are not fully completed, Smith has already started hosting Wednesday’s ‘SportsCenter’ leading into ESPN’s NBA schedule that night. … Smith will give up his national ESPN Radio show next year. ESPN wants to try to find a fit for Smith on its direct-to-consumer subscription service, ESPN+, and for him to continue to be active through his and their social media channels.”