Stephen A Smith Hits ESPN With Gargantuan Salary Demand That Has Twitter In A Frenzy

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Stephen A. Smith Visits SiriusXM's 'The Howard Stern Show'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Stephen A. Smith visits SiriusXM's 'The Howard Stern Show' at SiriusXM Studios on January 18, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Stephen A Smith knows his worth.

Stephen A Smith is easily the biggest name in sports media. Overall, he is someone who has completely taken ESPN by storm. In the eyes of many, he is the main star of the network. Without Smith, ESPN would be struggling right now. After all, their best show in terms of ratings is none other than First Take. It is a show that brings in tens of millions of dollars each year. At the end of the day, that makes Smith a huge breadwinner for the company, and Smith is ready to be rewarded for it.

According to reports, Smith is currently in contract negotiations with ESPN. As it stands, Smith is looking for $25 million per year. However, ESPN is only offering him $18 million at the moment. This is almost 30 percent less than his asking price. Smith has demonstrated a desire to become a late-night host, or perhaps even a political commentator. These avenues could make him a lot more money and it remains up in the air if he would even stay at ESPN for $25 million.

Stephen A Smith Wants How Much??

Of course, with this news hitting the internet, fans got into a debate about whether or not Smith is actually worth this kind of money. Overall, many agreed that he actually is. However, others said that the host was out of his mind for demanding $25 million. At the end of the day, it is up to ESPN to decide how much they are willing to spend. If they hope to keep First Take going, then they will need Stephen A Smith on their roster.

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Let us know what you think of the salary demands from Stephen A Smith, in the comments section down below. Do you believe that this is too much money for the man to ask for? Or do you think that Smith is well worth the investment? Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for the latest news and updates from around the sports world. We will continue to keep you informed on all of your favorite athletes and personalities.

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Alexander Cole is the current Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop. He started at HotNewHipHop back in 2018 where he began as a Sports and Sneakers writer. During this time, he has shown an expertise in Air Jordans, Yeezys, and all things that have to do with Nike. His favorite kicks are the Air Jordan 1 High OG, the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 6, and the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in the "Beluga 2.0" colorway. Although his collection might not be the biggest, he is always looking to add new styles to it. When it comes to sports, Alex has a particular interest in the NBA and the NFL. His favorite teams are anywhere LeBron goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs. As a Montrealer, the Montreal Canadiens hold a special place in his heart, even if they haven't won the Stanley Cup in his lifetime. Alex also works for the Concordia Stingers, where he provides play-by-play and color commentary for the football, hockey, and basketball teams His favorite hip-hop artists are Kendrick Lamar, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert.