Stephen A. Smith Rumors
Stephen A. Smith will be an even bigger part of ESPN’s NBA coverage going forward. Smith is being added to “NBA Countdown” for the rest of the playoffs and through the Finals, The Post has learned. Smith, 52 and the highest paid commentator at the network at around $8 million per year, is already omnipresent on ESPN, beginning with his lead role on “First Take.”
“The Boardroom is not being renewed following two seasons on ESPN+,” ESPN said in a statement to The Post. “Thirty Five Ventures are great partners and we look forward to continuing to discuss any future projects.” “The Boardroom” was publicized at its start as a program to “bring fans behind the scenes of the modern boardroom, showcasing the evolution of sports business through the minds of athletes, sports executives and tech moguls alike.” It didn’t make that many waves, except for one episode that featured Stephen A. Smith.
ABC and ESPN are taking The Last Dance to overtime. The broadcast network will air an hour-long special called After the Dance With Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special at 8 p.m. May 19, two days after the conclusion of ESPN’s breakout docuseries about Michael Jordan’s last year with the Chicago Bulls. Smith and basketball legend Magic Johnson will discuss their biggest takeaways from The Last Dance and be joined by other NBA greats as well.
ESPN has asked its 100 most highly paid commentators to take voluntary 15% pay cuts over the next three months, as the network deals with the financial implications from the sports world shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic, SBJ has learned.
ESPN talent being impacted includes studio hosts like Stephen A. Smith (who makes a reported $8M per year) and Mike Greenberg (who makes a reported $6.5M per year), and game analysts like the highly paid Alex Rodriguez and Kirk Herbstreit, both of whom pull in seven figures per year.
In 1999, the Raptors had a deal in place to send McGrady and a first-round pick to the 76ers for Larry Hughes. Toronto got cold feet and backed out after Stephen A. Smith broke the news. Allen Iverson was only 24 at the time. Could that have been the best backcourt ever? Stephen A Smith: Yes this is true.