Skip Bayless Bio Wife Career Net Worth

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Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is a well-known American sports commentator, and TV host.

He’s also a columnist and a TV personality, and his new show, Skip and Shannon, debuted recently.

He was undisputed with Shannon Sharp on fox Sports 1 on September 6th.

Skip Bayless Biography

Skip Bayless

John Edward Bayless, better known by his stage as Skip Bayless, was born on December 4, 1951, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents Levita and John Bayless.

The 70-year-old broadcaster is 1.78 meters tall and has a brother, Rick Bayless

His father, John Sr., gave him the nickname “Skip” in the same way he nicknamed his mother “Skip,” as in “Skipper of the ship.”

The name “Skip” has been well known, and it has been legally changed to Skip.

He won an Eclipse Award for “Outstanding Newspaper Writing” the following year.

He moved to “The Dallas Morning News” when he was 26 years old.

Throughout his career, he has released a number of novels.

After 17 years in Dallas, he began writing for the Chicago Tribune at the end of the 1990s.

Bayless is equally well-known for his radio work.

He was a frequent guest on ESPN’s ‘The Fabulous Sports Babe’ radio show.

He won an Eclipse Award for “Outstanding Newspaper Writing” the following year.

He moved to “The Dallas Morning News” when he was 26 years old.

He worked for two years at “The Miami Herald” after graduation, writing sports stories.

He then moved to the Los Angeles Times in 1976, where he rose to prominence as a journalist.

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Some of his major reports during this time period included the Los Angeles Dodgers and their collective disdain of Steve Garvey.

Skip worked in a restaurant when he was younger, though he never considered it a part of his job.

As tradition demands, Rick Bayless his younger brother carried on the family business and became a chef.

Bayless was a football and baseball player when he was younger and had a keen interest in sports.

He graduated from Northwest Classen Salutatorian in the year 1970.

Bayless served as president of the Christian Athletes Chapter at his high school and was a two-year member of the National Honor Society.

During his junior and senior years, he became the school newspaper’s principal sports columnist.

Meanwhile, he represented Northwest Classen at Oklahoma Boys State due to his senior year.

He was given the Grantland Rice Scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University, named after the sportswriter of the same name.

Bayless Wife

Bayless Wife

Ernestine Sclafani is the beautiful wife of Skip Bayless.

She is a media relations specialist and also a public relations expert.

She became attracted to the media after her marriage to Bayless.

Meanwhile, the Commentator’s first marriage was with his high school day’s girlfriend, but the relationship ended in a divorce.

He married Ernestine Sclafani, as his first marriage.

Ernestine and Bayless got married in 2017 they are currently don’t have any children together.

She was born in 1962, and she is on Long Island, New York.

Her net worth was about $1 million as of 2018.

However, because she is now married to a star her wealth will be higher and better now.

Both couples dated for 11 years including their engagement.

Although She is not active on social media she’s still making waves.

While Ernestine was working in public relations, they met on the set of Bayless’ ESPN2 show ‘Cold Pizza.’

Skip Bayless assured her that no woman would ever be more important to him than his career after they exchanged cards and went on their first date.

On a plane trip from Newark to Oklahoma in 2010, Bayless proposed.

On July 18, 2016, they finally tied the knot.

However, because their wedding was kept private, little is known about it.

They chose to get married alone they tied the Knot.

They didn’t tell a soul,  the narrator said, The bailiff served as the best man, and the rest of the judge’s chamber served as witnesses.

“It was a truly memorable and enjoyable day.”

Bayless Career

Skip Career

Skip Bayless began his career as a newspaper journalist, serving as the Chicago Tribune’s lead sports columnist.

He also worked for the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

For his journalism, he received various prizes.

Bayless was named Illinois Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000 while working for the Chicago Tribune.

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Bayless Texas Sportswriter of the Year three times (1979, 1984, and 1986).

And he earned the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing in 1977 for his coverage of Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown triumph while at the Los Angeles Times.

Bayless has contributed to Sports Illustrated and other national sports publications.

He’s also written three books and worked in sports radio and television.

Skip Bayless studied English and history at Vanderbilt University and graduated with honors in 1974.

He was the sports editor of The Hustler, the university’s student newspaper.

And spent the summer of 1969 interning at The Daily Oklahoman under the supervision of sports editor Frank Boggs. Bayless was born and raised in Oklahoma City.

Bayless has a lengthy and illustrious media career, having previously worked for FOX Sports.

In 2001 and 2002, Bayless was a regular on Jim Rome’s FOX Sports Net show THE LAST WORD, and he also appeared frequently on FOX Sports’ THE BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD.

Skip Bayless Net Worth

Skip Net worth

He has a net worth of $15 million. Skip Bayless earns at least $5 million in wages.

However, most of his wealth seems to come from sports commentary and also television anchoring.

His annual salary per anum is approximately $500,000 which he got from ESPN.

He signed another contract with Fox Sports in September 2016, which was about $5.5 million years and it lasted for 5 years.

Skip has other properties of his own, to mention a few is his lavish apartment in Oklahoma City.

He also has a fleet of cars worth many thousands of dollars, like his black Chevrolet Camaro cars which are worth about $25,905 to $36,905.

Skip Bayless also has Mercedes Benz and Toyota cars parked in his garage.

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