Stephen A. Smith addresses rumors of Shannon Sharpe potentially joining ESPN after split with FOX
A few days ago, news emerged about Shannon Sharpe deciding to leave FOX, as he was bought out by the network. This came as a surprise to sports fans across the country, who had become accustomed to watching the former Denver Broncos tight end on 'Undisputed' on a daily basis.
Sharpe's departure from FOX has fueled speculations that he would seek a job at ESPN for his next venture. Many people even expect him to sit opposite Stephen A. Smith on 'First Take', which would certainly be a dynamic pairing to witness.
Smith decided to speak recently about the possibility of Sharpe joining ESPN.
Here's what he said on his podcast:
"I don't know what his plans are. I don't know what he's trying to pursue. I don't know what he's after. But if Shannon Sharpe needs me, I'm happy to be here for him and if that included him wanting to come on First Take, the bosses at ESPN know that is something I would support."
Stephen A. Smith has stated that if Sharpe does join ESPN, he will not be a daily guest on 'First Take' since the former does not want to jeopardize the opportunities that other analysts receive on the popular show.
However, he seems very interested in getting the NFL Hall of Famer to ESPN, as it would undoubtedly be great for business. Sharpe would be the icing on the cake for the network, as ESPN recently signed a multi-year deal with Pat McAfee.
Shannon Sharpe will be pursued by various media outlets
Since Shannon Sharpe will be a free agent after the NBA Finals, there is expected to be significant interest for him in the media market. Many networks will try to get the Denver Broncos legend on board as he can increase viewership and revenue for them.
Sharpe's eventual destination is unknown for now, but there is little doubt that he will bring a large number of followers with him wherever he goes.
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