Skip Bayless Leaving ESPN

Skip Bayless Leaving ESPN in August, Reportedly Joining Fox Sports

First Take co-host Skip Bayless, an ESPN staple since coming on full-time in 2004, is leaving the network — allegedly for a new gig at Fox Sports.

Per a statement from Bayless’ soon-to-be-former employer on Tuesday: “Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA Finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.”

Fox Sports boss Jamie Horowitz, who worked with Bayless while he was at ESPN, told Sporting News last month that he’s “interested” in having Bayless join his team; Deadspin is reporting, via an insider, that Horowitz’s hopes will soon become reality. No details about Bayless’ potential position at Fox Sports are available as of yet.

Your thoughts on this power play, sports fans? Will you miss seeing Bayless on ESPN? Would you follow him to Fox Sports? However you’re feeling, let us know with a comment below.