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Stephen A. Smith’s New Deal Makes Him ESPN’s Highest Paid

Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that “the finer points of the contract are not fully completed.”

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Stephen A. Smith has a new deal at ESPN and it will pay him nearly $8 million per year. The number makes him the highest paid employee at ESPN. That distinction previously belonged to Mike Greenberg. The Get Up! host makes $6.5 million per year.

Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that “the finer points of the contract are not fully completed.” Smith has already begun hosting Wednesday evening editions of SportsCenter leading into NBA coverage. He will also continue on First Take. As previously reported, he will drop his nationally syndicated radio show in the New Year.

ESPN is also reportedly considering a role for Stephen A. Smith on its streaming service ESPN+. What that may be is unknown at this time.

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Angelo Cataldi Staying With WIP Through Eagles Season

“I’m willing to stay until the week they’re eliminated, in case they make the playoffs.”

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The retirement tour of WIP’s Angelo Cataldi has an end date…sort of.

Cataldi said during an appearance on the Working The Beat podcast he’d remain on the station’s morning show until the Philadelphia Eagles season is complete.

“I finally just said to my boss, ‘listen, it’s going to be weird for me to start an Eagles season and not know if I’m going to be there at the end,’” Cataldi said. “I’m willing to stay until the week they’re eliminated, in case they make the playoffs.”

He then joked, “if they’re bad this year, I’m done around Christmas”.

WIP has yet to name a replacement for Cataldi, who announced his upcoming retirement in October of last year.

Cataldi was later asked about former 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli, who left the station, somewhat abruptly, in May.

“I don’t think it was respectful to him. I don’t think it was right,” Cataldi said. “I don’t know the internal politics of it. I’m pleased I never I never had to face that. He didn’t deserve it.”

He also added he offered Missanelli an opportunity to join his show to offer a farewell to Philadelphia listeners, but Missanelli’s non-compete agreement didn’t allow for it. Cataldi did say, however, that Missanelli’s non-compete runs out before his retirement.

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Big Cat, Tom Waddle Mock Marc Silverman’s Love For Jay Cutler

“He texted him the minute he landed!” Waddle said.

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It’s summer, and of course that means it’s vacation season.

ESPN 1000 host Marc Silverman is among those taking time this summer to vacation. Silvy was spending this week in Nashville celebrating his 10-year wedding anniversary.

But Barstool Big Cat, making his regular weekly appearance on the show with Silverman’s co-host Tom Waddle and Pat Boyle, couldn’t help but joke Silvy.

“It’s no surprise that Silvy is on vacation,” Big Cat said. “The guy lives for vacation. Does he even work?”

The trio kept the bit going, adding that Silverman prioritized getting in touch with Jay Cutler over spending time with his wife celebrating their anniversary.

“He texted him the minute he landed!” Waddle said.

“He probably was like, hey Ally why don’t you go do something, I’m gonna meet up with Jay,” Big Cat added. “He picked Nashville for a reason! He wanted to be closer to Jay.”

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Rich Eisen Scolds Patriots Media For Questions To Bill Belichick

“It makes no sense to ask him that question to begin with,” he said. “And what do you think his answer is going to be?”

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Training camp is only getting started, but it appears folks in the New England Patriots media corps are in mid-season form.

In his daily training camp press conference, Pats head coach Bill Belichick took questions from reporters inquiring about his knowledge of former quarterback Tom Brady being tampered with by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

In typical Belichick fashion, his response to those questions was “We’re just focused on training camp.”

Rich Eisen took issue with the way the reporters asked Belichick about the situation.

“I know it’s a tough job. I know being on the beat is not easy,” he said. “But you cannot ask this man yes or no questions, certainly when you’re asking him about potentially explosive, controversial items like this one.”

Eisen just thought it was a silly line of questioning to begin with, because it’s not like Belichick would be honest.

“It makes no sense to ask him that question to begin with,” he said. “And what do you think his answer is going to be?”

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