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Pat McAfee is seeing dollar signs after Skip Bayless’ new deal with Fox Sports.
The Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that Bayless recently agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal to remain with the company. USA Today noted that Bayless’ “Undisputed” show on FS1 is currently the No. 2 sports program on YouTube, only trailing the “The Pat McAfee Show”.
McAfree’s program gets 54 million views, as compared to 42 million for Bayless.
“With Skip being a part of the second-largest sports show every single day, behind one other show, if you look at basically all analytics,” McAfee said on his show Friday. “This is great f–king news.”
McAfee, who left Barstool Sports in August 2018, has a show on Chris Russo’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio” channel on SiriusXM. The outspoken former Colts punter has been a rising star in the sports media industry since retiring in 2017. According to Spotrac, he earned around $17 million in his eight-year NFL career.
The show featured exclusive and often headline-generating interviews with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throughout the 2020 NFL season.
During the past two seasons, McAfee worked as a guest commentator on ESPN’s “College GameDay.” McAfee has said he’s currently negotiating with the network on a another deal with a limited number of dates, but “it would take a lot more than $8 million a year to get us exclusively to ESPN, so I’m not even in that conversation.”
The Post reported that ESPN made a big push to bring back Bayless and reunite him with Stephen A. Smith, but it ultimately proved fruitless.
“We are in a much different time than we were (Thursday),” McAfee said.
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