On Tuesday night, Michael Smith of the Sports Business Daily reported that a prominent ESPN personality could lead the network as soon as the end of the 2020 college football season.
According to Smith, longtime ESPN analyst and SEC pundit Paul Finebaum is exploring his options.
Finebaum is in the midst of a three-year, $5 million contract with ESPN that runs through the summer of 2021. However, it sounds like Finebaum could make an exit before that, if his future dreams come true.
Smith reported Finebaum and his reps with with "all four major networks" to gauge interest in a sitcom. The show would focus on his ESPN call-in show and its "many colorful characters."
From the report:
Paul Finebaum and his reps at CAA have met with all four major networks to gauge interest in a sitcom about the 64-year-old radio/TV personality, his call-in show and its many colorful characters. A sitcom is one of several opportunities Finebaum is exploring as he nears the end of his contract at ESPN and SEC Network, sources say.
Smith mentioned several potential landing spots for Finebaum if he decides to leave ESPN.
DAZN, where former ESPN president John Skipper resides, Sports Illustrated and FOX were named as possible destinations.
Is it time for Finebaum to move on from ESPN?
Stay tuned for the latest.