ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith suggests he’s underpaid because he’s black


ESPN broadcaster Stephen A. Smith is one of the most well-known sports personalities in the industry and has had the ability to talk about anything and everything in this field while making a comfortable living.

Smith earns around $8 million a year under his current contract with ESPN, The New York Post reported in 2021. The report noted that he also had a “production $4 million a year” contract. The Athletic reported that Smith’s total compensation is $12 million.

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith speaks on the phone during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors on June 5, 2022, at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
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Ahead of Game 1 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Smith and the “First Take” panel discussed the lack of American-born black players on either or the other team for the first time since 1950. The note was highlighted in an Associated Press article.

“We are still black in this country. We don’t always trust this country in terms of meritocracy. We know the bottom line is that just as women are underpaid compared to their male counterparts, black people are underpaid compared to their white counterparts,” Smith said. .

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Stephen A. Smith looks on before a game between the Lakers and Celtics on November 19, 2021 in Boston.

Stephen A. Smith looks on before a game between the Lakers and Celtics on November 19, 2021 in Boston.
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“And so when you look at it from that perspective, and of course people look at me, I’m not talking about myself though, I have news for you, I’m underpaid compared to some people at the television what they get paid but that’s a topic for another day I won’t apologize to a fucking soul I’m underpaid After saying all this it’s not not about me.

Smith has been in the industry for years and apparently has several ESPN assignments other than just “First Take.”

Stephen A. Smith during an interview on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" September 22, 2022.

Stephen A. Smith during an interview on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on September 22, 2022.
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According to Audacy, he is one of the highest paid sports broadcasters.


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