After years of being one of ESPN’s premier faces, famous sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith is about to get paid.
According to The Post, Stephen A. Smith’s new five-year contract will make him ESPN’s highest-paid sportscaster with an annual salary that will approach $8 million per year, coming in at approximately $40 million.
This contract is set to be the largest at ESPN, moving past Mike Greenberg’s $6.5 million, which was ESPN’s previous known highest salary. Greenberg is the host of “Get Up!”
To put things in perspective, Smith’s shiny new salary is more than at least 300 NBA players, including some very big and noticeable names.
Per the Post’s report, Stephen A. would make the same amount as Lou Williams ($8,000,000) and he’ll earn more than Luka Doncic ($7,683,360), Derrick Rose ($7,317,074) and Jayson Tatum ($7,830,000) this year.
Smith’s contract is making history — but it’s well-earned nonetheless. As the host of ESPN’s morning show “First Take,” and a frequent voice on Sports Center, he is one of the most well-respected and recognizable faces on television.
Going forward, more analysts will seek out “Stephen A. money.” Meanwhile, ESPN will continue using Smith on “First Take,” “SportsCenter” and as part of their NBA coverage. According to the Post, they’ll also involve him in their streaming service, ESPN+, and utilize him more on their social media platforms.
Expect to see plenty more of Stephen A. on ESPN in the months and years to come.