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Stephen A. Smith: I’m Thankful Pat McAfee is Getting Paid What He Is

“He negotiated his deal a few weeks ago, I negotiated my deal a few years ago – the situation is not the same.”

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Stephen A. Smith is ESPN’s top personality, and for a while he has been paid like it. But that will soon change as Pat McAfee joins the network.

It’s been reported that McAfee’s contract with ESPN to bring his daily sports talk show to The Worldwide Leader is worth $84 million. But McAfee has refuted that number.

Regardless, McAfee will likely become the new highest-paid ESPN talent. And Stephen A. is totally fine with that.

“You have so many people that are looking at what he’s getting paid, it’s no secret that even though you don’t know the numbers I make, it’s clearly more than I’m making,” Smith said on his most recent episode of The Stephen A. Smith Show.

“Number one, I don’t give a damn,” Smith added. “He negotiated his deal a few weeks ago, I negotiated my deal a few years ago – the situation is not the same.”

Smith has appeared as a guest on McAfee’s show, and has made it very clear that he actually admires and respects Pat for rising to the level he has in sports media and still remained largely free of any corporate creative control. He also said he was inspired by McAfee to branch out and start his own non-sports-specific podcast K[no]w Mercy, which has since rebranded to The Stephen A. Smith Show.

“I appreciate Pat McAfee,” Smith said, noting that his current contract with ESPN is coming up in a couple years and that he’ll have a chance to negotiate a nicer deal for himself. “You think I’m looking at Pat McAfee and I’m upset? I’m thankful! Thank you! Appreciate it bro, thank you very, very much. Today is your turn. Tomorrow’s mine.”

Stephen A. also said he couldn’t believe some of the hate Pat has received. Smith said an opportunity like McAfee has only comes about if you bet on yourself. He respects that, and he’s not going to rain on or hate on Pat.

“Hate on him? I admire what he has done, I respect what he has done,” he said. “So much so that I’m doing it. Thank you for playing a part in showing the way and the wave of the future.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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