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Shannon Sharpe signs new long-term deal with ESPN? When did he join ‘First Take’ with Stephen A. Smith?

The former NFL star and commentator, has signed a new long-term contract, cementing his role as a regular guest on the network’s popular show “First Take.”

The former NFL star and commentator, has signed a new long-term contract, cementing his role as a regular guest on the network’s popular show “First Take.”
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This extension ensures that Sharpe will continue to bring his dynamic presence and insightful commentary to the show alongside Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim through the remainder of the NBA regular season and what comes after with the NFL offseason moves.

Sharpe made his debut on “First Take” on September 4, 2023. His move to ESPN came after a significant tenure at FS1, where he co-hosted “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” with Skip Bayless for seven years.

The partnership between Sharpe and Bayless was marked by numerous passionate debates and high ratings, but it also experienced tensions that eventually led to Sharpe’s departure. Sharpe’s final episode on “Undisputed” aired on June 13, 2023.

Four more years of Shannon Sharpe at ESPN

The new deal is believed to be for four years. Sharpe expressed his excitement about the new deal, stating, ”being a part of this family has been a blessing and everything about this relationship with ESPN, Stephen A. and ‘First Take’ has been tremendous. I look forward to bringing my best as we continue to go head-to-head across different sports.”

Sharpe’s presence on “First Take” not only enhances the show’s appeal but also solidifies ESPN’s lineup of prominent sports personalities.

This new chapter in Sharpe’s broadcasting career solidifies his influence in sports media and his ability to adapt and thrive in new environments. The banter with Stephen A. Smith has been a force over the past months and fans have responded to it.

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