Pat McAfee, the previous Indianapolis Colts punter who has turn out to be one of many high sports activities personalities within the nation, is reportedly set to make about $17 million per 12 months as he jumps from FanDuel to ESPN.
McAfee agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal to soar to ESPN, the New York Post reported Wednesday. He and his group who helped him build “The Pat McAfee Show” are anticipated to seem on the primary ESPN channel, ESPN+ and the corporate’s YouTube channel.
“Interesting number,” McAfee instructed the outlet. “I don’t talk about the business side of it all, the actual numbers and such.”
ESPN declined remark to the New York Post on contract figures. McAfee’s choice to be part of ESPN was introduced on the Disney upfronts. He left a FanDuel deal that was reportedly price $120 million. His new deal with ESPN will reportedly permit him to hold management over “all aspects” of his present however may have to say the F-word much less.
“I will be paying my people, and we will be producing the show fully,” he instructed the New York Post. “[ESPN] will be handling a lot more of the backend stuff, while also providing a platform that is incomparable linear wise with a network of talent that is deep and awesome. Their production assets, league rights capabilities, and access to everything in the sports world makes us incredibly pumped about the possibilities and can’t wait to get started this fall. Jimmy and I had a lot of great convos thru this whole process.. some zooms, calls (WHADD), texts (WHADD), emails (WHADD). it was a cool couple of months negotiation phase involving a lot of different factors.
“Business clearly, inventive, the long run, earlier conditions for each of us, and so forth… Fun to hear his imaginative and prescient and hear to him. IMPRESSIVE govt. He’s at all times been a straight shooter with me, I’m grateful for his perception in me, and in us…”
McAfee reportedly lamented getting the job amid Disney layoffs. Disney is in the midst of massive cost-cutting measures with more layoffs expected to hit ESPN as well as other arms of the company.
One former ESPN staffer spoke out about it in an interview with Front Office Sports.
“Too quickly was the response I received from just a few mates. Some that had been let go are nonetheless working there till June,” the person said. “You are coming to grips with your departure, and then you definately see an enormous cash signing. It’s not anti-McAfee. … it’s your ex getting engaged a month after the breakup.”
ESPN’s spending on big names whereas reducing the smaller guys is among the many issues unsettling, in accordance to former ESPN star Howie Schwab – the famed host of “Stump the Schwab.”
“There are some people who find themselves upset. The timing of it’s curious. They’re paying (Troy) Aikman, (Joe) Buck, Stephen A. Smith, and McAfee. And then you definately’re going to lay folks off? Kind of bizarre,” he instructed Front Office Sports.
“Nothing towards Pat McAfee. Obviously, he brings Aaron Rodgers to the desk. He’s already there as a result of he does ‘College GameDay.’ They’re trying to hit one other residence run. Meanwhile, their singles hitters are going to be fired.”