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Stephen A. Smith Fires Agent in Hopes of Getting ‘Skip Bayless-Type Money’

by: Black Adam Schefter On  Thursday, September 29, 2016

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A few month ago, Skip Bayless left ESPN for Fox Sports, like many former ESPN employees have done over the past year, and he got got paid handsomely. Fox signed Skip to a 4 year, $25 million deal and that has his former co-host wanting the same type of bread, as reported on Thursday.

ESPN ‘First Take’ co-host Stephen A. Smith made a move recently in hopes of getting paid just as well as Skip is getting paid over at Fox Sports, as he reportedly fired his agent and signed with a powerhouse talent agency.

“Smith just jumped to powerhouse talent agency CAA in Los Angeles from Headline Media Management in New York, according to Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal.

Smith signed a multiyear contract extension with ESPN last year, but sources tell Sporting News that Smith and his reps are looking at that lucrative deal in a new light given the estimated $25 million handed to Bayless by FS1 honcho Jamie Horowitz.

“There’s only one reason for Stephen A. to go to CAA, and that’s to renegotiate his deal,” said one source close to the situation. “He wants Skip Bayless money.”

Stephen A. Smith still has a bunch of years on his contract and his current deal pays him $3.5 million a year. ESPN has declined any comments on the matter of whether Smith is asking for more money or not.