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Paul Finebaum signs contract extension with ESPN

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:

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:

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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

5 Comments for Paul Finebaum signs contract extension with ESPN

  1. lexcatfan2367
    6:39 pm July 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ehh. Is it bad of me to not care whether he extended his contract or not?

  2. Troll Slayer
    11:50 pm July 14, 2018 Permalink

    Who cares? ESPN sucks

  3. wyatts1
    12:03 am July 15, 2018 Permalink

    He’s just about a college commentator exclusively (sec). As much as I have to hear about Alabama and Auburn with loud abnoxious callers giving their opinions, you would think that during basketball season that UK would get around the same respect and commentary, but that hasn’t been the case previously. Considering our large, vocal, and loyal fanbase, I hope his program throws a little bit more light our way, same with the sec network entirely lol

    • wyatts1
      12:04 am July 15, 2018 Permalink

      College football*

    • lexcatfan2367
      12:35 am July 15, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. It seems he’s just there for college (bama) football. Not a big deal for me because I don’t like him.