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.
— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) October 21, 2019
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.