$10,000,000 to Stephen A Smith.

CoinstartledCoinstartled Posts: 7,868 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 3, 2019 11:03PM in Sports Talk

Find him hard to listen to on the radio as he is yelling all the time.

Amy Lawrence has a much better delivery.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith is "in line" for a contract extension that could pay him $10 million per year. That would make him ESPN's highest-paid employee and give him the largest known salary of any personality in sports media.

Smith, 51, is in his second tenure at ESPN and rejoined the company on a full-time basis in 2012. Once the foil to Skip Bayless on First Take, Smith remained the co-star of the show following Bayless' departure in 2016 and helped take it to new ratings heights with Max Kellerman.


  • perkdogperkdog Posts: 18,546 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I actually like Stephen A Smith. He earned my respect when he blasted Kap, at that time I realized he was impartial and he says it how it is. The yelling doesn’t bother me that much

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 3,286 ✭✭✭✭

    I just cant listen to him. all the yelling gets old. I just turn off the radio in the afternoon

  • JustacommemanJustacommeman Posts: 18,858 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I can handle him in very very small doses


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  • DIMEMANDIMEMAN Posts: 19,088 ✭✭✭✭✭

    No announcer is worth that, but if someone is willing to him that........

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 21,915 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I hope they're not dependent on me for their ratings to help pay his salary. :D

  • hammer1hammer1 Posts: 891 ✭✭✭

    I like him, and the other big names not so much.

  • keetskeets Posts: 20,985 ✭✭✭✭✭

    like Mark said, small doses. he's OK in the 1-2 minute length that ESPN lets me watch, I doubt I could tolerate his style for an entire show or segment between commercials.

  • JRR300JRR300 Posts: 316 ✭✭✭

    Can't stand him. To me it seems like he is always talking down to people.

  • bronco2078bronco2078 Posts: 7,214 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like that he is basically a troll

  • thisistheshowthisistheshow Posts: 1,620 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was never a big fan of his, but became more of one after he started his current radio show. I actually think that by himself he is much more genuine and listenable for some reason.

  • breakdownbreakdown Posts: 1,548 ✭✭✭

    Small doses sounds about right -- I certainly like him more than Bayless or Cowherd. Like a lot of sports personalities, Stephen A. knows a lot about one sport (NBA) and doesn't let that stop him from talking about sports he doesn't know much about (boxing, football).

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  • lawnmowermanlawnmowerman Posts: 19,486 ✭✭✭✭

    Not sure why but he has always reminded me of one of those talking fish from SpongeBob.

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