Over the course of the last 12 months, ESPN laid off hundreds of employees including reporters and anchors, but yesterday reporter Marty Smith confirmed he will be staying with the network. Smith signed a new multi-year contract with ESPN according to The Roanoke Times.
Smith will continue providing content for ESPN in a variety of roles such as his monthly program Marty Smith’s America, reporting for SportsCenter and College GameDay, as well as his weekend radio show Marty and McGee.
“My greatest passion is storytelling. There’s nowhere, as far as I’m concerned, in media, but certainly in sports, that compares to ESPN,” Smith told Mark Berman of The Roanoke Times during a phone interview. “I’m very blessed that the executive staff believed in me and offered me a new deal. It took about eight seconds to sign it.”
Smith has worked for ESPN since 2006, his latest contract was signed in the fall of 2014 and expired at the end of 2017. Terms of the new contract were not announced, only that it’s a multi-year deal.
Smith was originally hired for Nascar coverage, but his unique approach to reporting has earned him added visibility with the network. Smith has covered a variety of sports including college football, as well as profiled a number of sports personalities such as Michael Jordan, Nick Saban and Rory McIlroy.
Smith’s creativity to his reporting fits well with ESPN’s modern approach to sports coverage which promotes unique personalities while offering less game recaps and highlights.