Skip from ESPN to Fox?
On Tuesday, April 26, syndicated ESPN member and co-host of ESPN’s First Take, Skip Bayless, informed the sporting world that he will be leaving ESPN once his contract ends in August. A man who has been one of the premier faces of ESPN seems to be heading to the Fox Sports Network. The day following the conclusion of the NBA Finals will be Bayless’s last show. ESPN is not cutting ties with him but rather Bayless wanted to, as he stated, “go in another direction.”
Bayless has been, without question, one of the most polarizing and fun to watch sports anchors on television. Predominately known for his role on First Take, he will be missed for his outrageous facial expressions and tantalizing rants and arguments with his fellow co-host Stephen A. Smith. First Take, in fact, is the number one ranked studio show on ESPN 2 and has averaged a channel record of 413,000 viewers this past February. However, Bayless is most likely going to be making $5 million a year in his new deal with Fox Sports (the exact numbers are still up in the air). A man who is loved by many, while also hated by several, will no longer grace the First Take set on weekday mornings after his contract ends this upcoming summer. In what has been a terrific career at ESPN, Skip Bayless will certainly continue to be followed by several at his soon-to-be home at Fox Sports. Hats off to you Skip Bayless, and see you again shortly.
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