ESPN or elsewhere? Paul Finebaum asked about his future
Paul Finebaum has emerged as one of the biggest voices and brands in college football. His meteoric rise from radio host to full-fledged college football analyst for the biggest brand in sports (ESPN) has been incredible to watch.
Aside from Kirk Herbstreit or Lee Corso, Finebaum’s name is on the shortlist of biggest voices in college football, especially in the South.
ESPN’s deal with Finebaum runs through 2021, and there have been reports that the host and analyst may take his brand elsewhere.
In an interview with Front Office Sports, Finebaum was asked to weigh in on his future.
“The last three months of talking with sports fans daily about COVID-19 and the shattered sports calendar – and more recently discussing the impact of George Floyd’s tragic death – have been the most important and meaningful of my career,” Finebaum said. “I love working at ESPN and have no interest in doing anything else.”
He was then asked if he plans to leave ESPN at some point.
“Let me think about this question for a second because I’ve asked this question to many, many people I always hate when they give me some political answer,” Finebaum said. “But I will give you something that isn’t political. It’s the honest truth. I’ve never enjoyed working for this company more. I’ve never been more honored and felt more of a responsibility than over the last (couple of months). What may have appeared in the media in November or December or January and February is fine. I can’t undo whatever reporting went into those things or whatever people were thinking about, But right now, I don’t want to go anywhere.”
Regardless of where Finebaum ends up, he has a big enough brand that his followers and listeners will travel with him. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out.