Longtime sports media personality Mike Golic is one of the biggest stars in sports radio history. The former NFL lineman hosted one of the most-successful morning shows ever, Mike & Mike, for more than a decade at ESPN.
Golic has since moved on from the Worldwide Leader, though it wasn’t really his choice. When Golic’s contract was up, the network essentially decided to move on.
The ex-ESPN employee spoke about his situation while appearing on Richard Deitch’s sports media podcast.
“Listen, this has been the easiest thing for me to equate. And I equated a lot of things to the sports world which certainly worked, because I was in the sports industry. I got cut from the Houston Oilers and Miami Dolphins, and the reason was they didn’t want me anymore. It’s that simple. They didn’t feel I had worth to their team, so they cut me. I thought they were wrong in both instances, but it doesn’t matter what I think. When they call you into the GM and Head Coach offices, they are going to release you. There’s no sense in saying ‘I could do this or I could do that.’ They made their decision. With ESPN it was the same thing. When Mike and Mike ended, they still felt there was value to having me there. That’s why the new morning show with Me and Trey and my son got going, but after that deal and contract was up, they just felt there wasn’t any worth.”
“And, not even from a monetary point, Richard, because they didn’t even talk about taking less money. We knew everybody was taking pay cuts. We didn’t even talk about that. Again, I was the one on July 31st when the show ended, they were just gonna let me sit there for 6 months and collect a paycheck and I said “No, let me go back and call college games. I love doing college games.” And they said “Well hell, I guess he wasn’t gonna work and was gonna get paid anyways.” So I did that. And we’ve gone back to them since. There were probably 3 or 4 different entities we were talking about college and ESPN was one of them. And their last conversation with my agent was “No, don’t want it.” Not even a talk of we can’t pay much. It was just nothing. Like those teams cut me, they felt I had no more worth to them. And I’m sure ESPN felt the same way, I had no more worth to them. Shit, is it a blow to the ego? Sure. To anybody it would be. But when you are there for as long as you are, and all of a sudden it’s not even discussed to keep you there. Yeah, that’s a blow to the ego. But that’s life. I can’t sit here and cry about it. You move on. It was a nice break and other people want me to do some things and I’ll eventually go to that. But that’s why it ended. That’s an easy question to answer.”
It’s been somewhat of a family affair for the Golics. Mike Golic Jr. continues to work at ESPN, where he appears on a number of different shows. The Golic’s daughter, Sydney, has developed her own following on social media.
The matriarch of the family, though, is Christine.
Mike and Christine Golic have been married since 1987. The happy couple has three children together. Christine Golic has been outspoken about her husband’s career, revealing some interesting details about his time at ESPN.
Christine Golic revealed that Mike Golic proposed a Mike & Mike reunion at ESPN, but the Worldwide Leader said no.
The Golics appear to be very happy now, though.
Sweet ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VN4hMxU3gR
— christine golic (@NDmom) October 6, 2021
Notre Dame is home for the Golics. That’s where Mike played college football, along with other members of his family.
The Golics have spoken about how much they love South Bend.
The Golics have stayed close with several ESPN personalities, as well. Earlier this fall, there was a reunion of sorts at a country concert.
— christine golic (@NDmom) August 28, 2021
Connecticut has often been home for the Golics, as Mike worked for ESPN for two-plus decades. However, they also reportedly spend a lot of time in South Bend, Indiana and Scottsdale, Arizona.
The football season is a busy time for the Golics, naturally, but hopefully they’ve been able to enjoy the fall season as a family.