Three-time Super Bowl champion and co-host of FS1’s Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe is about to become a free agent.
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, Sharpe’s current contract with FOX Sports expires after July 2021. FOX will then have to determine if they are going to let him walk or offer up a similar salary to that of his co-host Skip Bayless. Sources told FOS that Sharpe’s current annual salary of $3 million-plus is about half of Bayless’s annual earnings.
“Shannon’s become a star in his own right. And do you really want to be paying a Black man half what his white co-star’s making?” said a FOS source.
During previous contract negotiations, FS1’s executive vice president of content Charlie Dixon told FOS he’d be “mortified” if Sharpe left the network. However, if Sharpe does end up leaving Fox, FOS notes that former ESPNer Emmanuel Acho could take his place and partner with Bayless on “Undisputed.”