Former NFL player Pat McAfee has officially reached a deal with ESPN.
According to a report by The New York Post, the new contract will be for five years and $85 million and will start running this fall.
Report: ESPN is giving Pat McAfee a 5-year deal worth about $85 million, per @AndrewMarchand
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) May 31, 2023
Now, ESPN will air The Pat McAfee Show on its cable channel, its free YouTube channel, and its streaming service, ESPN+.
Notably, this is way less than what most people speculated, considering he was in the midst of a four-year deal worth $120 million with FanDuel.
The 36-year-old will make roughly $17 million a year with ESPN, and that includes his weekly appearances on College GameDay.
He’s expected to drop fewer F-bombs, but will reportedly stay in full control of all aspects of his popular show, including having guests from other networks around.
McAfee’s light and unapologetic style has granted plenty of popularity among younger viewers, and this deal with ESPN had been months in the making now.
ESPN will now be home to one of the most popular sports shows of the past couple of years for the foreseeable future, and that could be terrible news for Max Kellerman and his “This Just In” show.
According to The New York Post, Kellerman could be the next in a long line of casualties as the network looks to cut back expenses.
Kellerman had already been infamously cut from Stephen A. Smith’s First Take and has drawn some mixed reviews on social media ever since, and ESPN might rather save those $5 million they pay him a year.