If you can’t stand the rambling nonsense of day time sports television, today is your Christmas, Easter, and Fourth of July wrapped into one glorious day. Skip Bayless, a professional sports talk troll/the-world’s-most-hateable-Dallas Cowboys-fan, just announced that he’s officially leaving ESPN over the summer after the NBA Finals. Via the statement released by ESPN:
Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.
No idea where Skip ends up. The guy reaction is Fox Sports, but that seems predicated on a much bigger monetary move since Bayless made a handsome salary at the World Wide Leader. Today is a double-blow for ESPN as far as talent retention goes, however, since Mike Tirico just announced he’s heading to NBC Sports.
Somewhere in a cubicle in Bristol, Connecticut, Stephen A. Smith is doing this, probably: