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ESPN, Stephen A. Smith Reportedly Close On 'Blockbuster' Extension

Stephen A. Smith at the Warriors vs. Thunder game.

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 30: TV sports personality Stephen A. Smith speaks with youth from the Hidden Genius Project prior to Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

Stephen A. Smith is one of the most recognizable personalities at ESPN. He's also one of the busiest, hosting his own radio show while co-hosting First Take and appearing on a slew of other programs for the Worldwide Leader.

It's clear that ESPN values Smith highly, and according to a new report from The Big Lead, his new contract from the company will reflect that. Smith is reportedly "nearing a blockbuster long-term extension" to keep him at ESPN through 2025.

Smith's current deal is set to expire next year. His new one is reportedly worth "tens of millions of dollars."

Smith has been on TV at the Worldwide Leader since 2005. He returned to ESPN radio in 2017 after several years on Sirius XM.

Earlier today, ESPN announced it will be debuting SportsCenter with Stephen A. Smith this Wednesday. A half-hour long program, it will air at 7 p.m. ET as a lead-in to ESPN's Wednesday night NBA doubleheader.

The location of the show will vary weekly, with the premier episode being filmed at the company's Los Angeles studio. Three episodes will be aired on-site before NBA games in Boston and Houston while another will be filmed in New York City.

“This is what it’s all about. This is what I have been waiting for. Stephen A. hosting in prime time, serving NBA fans with the information and passion that you’ve come to know from me," Smith said.