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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is reportedly in line to become the highest-paid on-air talent in ESPN history, according to the New York Post.

Smith, who stars on “First Take” and has a syndicated talk show, currently makes $5 million per year. He has two years remaining on his contract and after that could be in the range of an $8 million-to-$10 million raise according to the reports.

Currently, Mike Greenberg is reportedly ESPN’s highest-paid personality and earns an estimated $6.5 million per year. PTI hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser earn salaries, “in Greenberg’s neighborhood.”

Smith, who joined the company in 2005, working as a weekday radio host while writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer, is among ESPN’s most famous names. He has 3.98 million Twitter followers, and is a frequent analyst on the network’s NBA coverage. Smith has been a mainstay on First Take for seven years, working with Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless from 2012-16.

Source: Sports Illustrated

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