The American sports columnist, author, and television personality John Edward Bayless II is famous as Skip Bayless. He started as a sports journalist but later he diversified himself from print media to electronic media. Besides full-time journalism, he is also engaged in acting and show hosting on television and radio channels. He also wrote some books and got popularity as a writer. Let’s find out how much is Skip Bayless’s net worth in 2018.
Skip Bayless Early Life
Bayless was born on December 4, 1951, in Oklahoma City, the United States in a lower-middle-class family. His parents John Bayless and Levita Bayless were the owners of a restaurant. In his early age, he worked in the restaurant with his brother. But he did not take the family profession. He had a special interest in basketball and baseball in which he showed good skills.
He attended Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma and. Later he completed his graduation majoring in English and History from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. In his college days, he started working as a sports columnist and in University he was an editor of student newspaper The Hustler.
His first marriage was with his high school day’s girlfriend but the relationship ended in a divorce. He married to Ernestine Sclafani who worked as a publicist. The couple does not have any children.
Skip Bayless Career, Awards & Achievement
Bayless started working as a columnist in The Miami Herald but his career actually took off when he got the call from Los Angeles Times in 1976. He got popularity for his investigative stories in LA Times. After working here for some years he moved to The Dallas Morning News where he started writing as lead sports column. Afterward, he joined the Dallas Times Herald and also worked with The Wall Street Journal.
He had worked in radio stations like KLIF and KTCK. Bayless also worked as a show host in ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN network as a sports commentator and started hosting the show The Sports Reporters. Bayless also started working in ESPN.com as a sports columnist. Later he joined Fox Sports channel and began hosting the sports talk shows. One of his popular shows is First Take and Sports Center. He also acted in some films in cameo roles.
Awards & Achievements:
In his successful career, Bayless got much recognition. In his college days, he was awarded by Grantland Rice Scholarship. In 1977, he won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association had honored him for three times with the Texas sportswriter of the year award. He got the nomination for Sports Emmy Award. He has published three books named God’s Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy, Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the “Win or Else” Dallas Cowboys and The Boys: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys’ Season on the Edge.
Net Worth of Skip Bayless
It is estimated that Bayless has an estimated net worth of $7 million. Most of his earnings come from TV anchoring and sports commentary. He got an annual salary of $500,000 per year from ESPN. In September 2016, he has signed a contract with Fox Sports of around $5.5 million per year for five years.
Bayless is the owner of a lavish apartment in Oklahoma City. He has a black Chevrolet Camaro car worth around $25,905 – $36,905. He also has Toyota and Mercedes Benz in his garage.
Skip Bayless is very ambitious and dedicated man who achieved his success in his own talent. Belongs to a lower middle-class family he showed the courage to think something different and did well enough. Besides being a successful man, he is a loyal husband and never fell in any controversy.