The way sports are covered in the media these days is much different than it was even five years ago, with loud and obnoxious pundits controlling and making narratives on a daily basis.
One of the primary reasons for this change in the way sports are covered and talked about these days is the impact that Stephen A. Smith has had at ESPN.
Smith has been a lightning rod for sports coverage, with everything that he says making headlines on a daily basis with hot takes and publicly calling out current and former athletes for their antics.
Another pundit that has only recently started to make headlines in the same way, is former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, who recently agreed to join ESPN and, as a result, has been heavily criticized for the choice being made on both sides.
Although some would view McAfee as a threat to Smith, especially after his major payday from ESPN, he doesn’t view him in that way at all.
Smith is right on point when thanking McAfee for setting the bar as high as he did, with him openly saying that his contract expires in two years and he will expect to be paid, and rightfully so, as one of the most popular voices in sports.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Smith, McAfee, and others like Skip Bayless of Fox Sports as the sports world continues to evolve in the way professional sports are played and covered by these entertaining figures.NEXT: The Dolphins Have Reportedly Implemented Jiu-Jitsu Workouts With QBs