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