According to USA TODAY, Paul Finebaum will re-sign with ESPN and the SEC Network. An official announcement is expected on Friday.
Finebaum, who has hosted a weekday afternoon program on radio/television for the SEC Network since it launched in 2014, generated strong interest from FOX Sports, Sinclair Broadcast Group, SiriusXM and Cumulus Media. Since joining ESPN, Finebaum has become one of the network’s most popular college football commentators.
Negotiations with Finebaum were reported by the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy to be going down to the wire. Former ESPN President John Skipper told Finebaum his contract would be taken care of in advance but after Skipper exited, negotiations stalled.
McCarthy reported that Finebaum’s five year deal with ESPN was set to expire on July 25th. New ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro got involved in the discussions with Finebaum’s representatives at CAA Sports to make sure the network didn’t lose one of its high profile stars.