Is Shannon Sharpe heading to the Mothership?
Shannon Sharpe has been rumored to be joining ESPN after his departure from FS1.
The recent layoffs at ESPN have intensified these rumors.
Despite some big names being let go, there are still a limited number of individuals who are considered safe due to Disney’s cost-cutting efforts.
Via Front Office Sports:
Skip Bayless’ former debate partner has been quiet since leaving FS1’s “Undisputed.”
After losing Pat McAfee to ESPN, FanDuel has engaged in early talks with Sharpe. And the sports betting giant has money to burn after writing McAfee’s $30 million a year contract off the books.
But here’s why Sharpe moving to ESPN makes more sense.
He loves the spotlight. The three-time Super Bowl winner could play an outsized role as Young’s successor on “Monday Night Countdown.”
He could also join Stephen A. Smith’s rotating list of debaters on “First Take,” along with Redick, Chris “Mad Dog Russo,” and Michael Irvin (the former Dallas Cowboys star has been benched by both NFL Network and ESPN since a controversial incident with a female hotel employee during Super Bowl week).
Sharpe has reportedly had discussions with FanDuel, but it seems he prefers a move to ESPN as he enjoys the spotlight and could potentially join Monday Night Countdown.
Considering his experience debating Skip Bayless for seven years, it’s highly likely that Sharpe would join Stephen A. Smith’s rotating crew of opponents at ESPN, which would surely create must-see television.
Sharpe hinted at his future morning television appearance in a tweet after his departure from Undisputed.