After negotiations with Fox Sports and the Big Ten network, college football analyst Paul Finebaum has decided to stay home and sign a multi-year contract extension with ESPN.
He will continue his work with both ESPN and the SEC Network:
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 13, 2018
Dan Wolken of USA Today reported earlier in the week that the deal was likely, though it wouldn’t become official until Friday.
ESPN sent out the following official release, including a quote from Finebaum on the big news:
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) July 13, 2018
Finebaum’s contract with ESPN was set to expire at the end of July, and when negotiations stalled with the worldwide leader in sports, the Big Ten Network came calling with a lucrative offer. At the end of the day, his love for Alabama and the good ole south won out in the end.
And with that, just like the legend Rick Barnes, Kentucky Sports Radio has taken their name out of the running to replace the Finebaum Show on SEC Network.
Still though, Matt Jones and the KSR crew will still have the opportunity to take over when Paul is out on vacation. We’ll try not to break anything.
If SEC Nation heads to Lexington this season, as expected, get ready for another fun year of Pawwwl on campus.