Paul Finebaum is a name that is synonymous with the SEC. First as a beat writer and columnist, and then as a longtime radio host, he’s been around the conference forever.
This offseason, there were reports that Finebaum, whose contract was up at ESPN and the SEC Network, was being pursued by other networks. For a little while, the possibility of him leaving seemed legitimate.
However, it looks like he is staying put.
USA Today’s Dan Wolken reported this afternoon that Finebaum is set to re-up with the Worldwide Leader and SEC Network. Details of the contract have not been reported.
Wolken says a formal announcement is expected tomorrow.
Paul Finebaum is re-signing with ESPN/SEC Network, person with knowledge tells @usatodaysports. Announcement tomorrow.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) July 12, 2018
Fox Sports and the Big Ten Network were reported to be the main competitors for Finebaum. Hearing him breaking down the Big Ten would have been quite the experience.
Ultimately, Finebaum belongs covering the SEC. He knows the league well and has cultivated a major following because of it.
Besides, what would Phyllis and Tammy and all of his loyal callers do if he left?