In recent years, there had been some speculation that Paul Finebaum could be on his way out at ESPN. Back in 2020, reports suggested that Finebaum was considering a departure from the Worldwide Leader.
Finebaum’s future was made very clear on Monday morning, though.
ESPN has announced that Finebaum has agreed to a multi-year contract extension to remain with the network. Finebaum has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at ESPN through 2024.
Finebaum will continue to host his radio show and serve as an analyst for SEC Nation.
“I’m excited to continue our show on SEC Network and be part of the talented team at ESPN,” Finebaum said. “One of my favorite things about this role is connecting with our listeners, and I’m truly looking forward to bringing our show to campuses again this fall. Especially over the past year, I’ve gotten a firsthand look at what our show means to those who tune in every day, and it’s a responsibility I’m honored to have.”
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 19, 2021
Few people at ESPN are as good at their job as Finebaum is at his. He is synonymous with the college football world.
College football fans are happy with this news.
Paul Finebaum, who is very good at his job, gets a very deserved contract extension. pic.twitter.com/68l8txd191
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) July 19, 2021
Congrats to @finebaum on his new ESPN contract. We’re celebrating the announcement together by sitting on the tarmac watching a couple of dudes argue with our flight attendants about air conditioning.
— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) July 19, 2021
ESPN is pumped to keep him around, too.
“Over the years, Paul has brought his signature brand of commentary to The Paul Finebaum Show and across our networks,” Lee Fitting, ESPN’s senior vice president of production, said. “Paul is entrenched in the SEC, and his connection to the conference and its fan base, as well as with the media who cover college sports, is unmistakable. We also look forward to his return to SEC Nation, where viewers have come to expect and enjoy both his quick wit and candor.”
The 2021 college football season can’t get here soon enough.