Being master of all trades is found in very few people, but Stephen is a pure example of it. Not only he is a Sports Commentator and Radio Host, but he is also a Journalist and has tried acting in a couple of films as well. Stephen A. Smith is well known for commentating on the show ESPN First Take; an American sports talk show aired from Monday to Friday. He also analyses NBA on Sportscenter for ESPN and writes for the ESPN.com. Having been an important figure in the field of sports analysis for more than two decades, people will be curious to know about his net worth, which is why this article is actually written for. Without further delay, let’s have a brief look at the net worth of Stephen A. Smith in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Stephen Anthony Smith was born on 14th October 1967, in New York, United States and was raised in the Hollis section of Queens. Smith has a younger brother and four elder sisters along with a half-brother through his father. Graduating from the Thomas Edison High school, Smith went to the Fashion Institute of Technology for a year and moved to Winston-Salem State University after receiving a basketball scholarship. His first article was published in the university newspaper in which he wrote about the necessity of his coach Clarence Gaines’ retirement due to his ageing.
The key to the personal life information of Stephen A. Smith has not been lent by him to other hands, and thus information about his marital or relationship status is still unknown. Once there was a rumour that Stephen has a son, which he actually denied. He has not frequently been clicked hanging out with women either, which keeps him away from gossips and rumours.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Smith began writing for The Philadelphia Inquirer in the year 1994 covering about the basketball team Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to work with the Inquirer until 2008, after which he started his blog stephena.com. He returned to the Inquirer in 2010.
Stephen started his career in television through the cable network, CNN/SI, a 24-hour sports channel in the year 1999. Smith hosted the show Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN from 2005 to January 2007 and went on to appear on many other shows of ESPN such as Dream Job, Pardon the Interruption, Jim Robe is Burning and 1st and 10. He left the channel in 2009 and joined them again in 2012. Since his re-join, Smith has featured in the show First Take along with Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim.
Smith’s radio career started in 2005 with WEPN-FM hosting a weekday 12-2 pm show. In 2009, he moved to Fox Sports Radio and worked for them till early 2011. In February 2011, Smith moved back to ESPN and hosted shows on 1050 ESPN Radio New York and 710 ESPN Radio Los Angeles. He left ESPN and joined Sirius XM Radio in 2013. He hosted shows for Sirius for four years and moved back to ESPN in 2017. Smith has acted in the 2007 movie I Think I Love My Wife and has also appeared in some episodes of the soap opera General Hospital.
Net Worth & Earnings
In 2014, he signed a deal with ESPN which will pay him $3 million annually for his shows with the channel. He also has a $1 million deal with Sirius/XM for his radio shows with them. His excellence in analyzing and commentating on various sports predominantly basketball for over twenty years has accounted to his net worth of $15 million.
Smith is famous for his catchphrases such as “blasphemous” for denoting something that does not make sense for him and “How bout them cowboys” for mocking Dallas Cowboys. He has become one of the unavoidable sports personalities on American television over the years because of his analysis and hosting skills.