Skip Bayless Bio, Early Life, Career, Wife, Net Worth, Measurements

Profession: Journalist
Date of birth: Dec 04, 1951
Age: 70
Net worth: 13 Million
Birth Place: Oklahoma City, OK
Height (m): 1.78
Religion: Christianity
Relationship Status: Married

Skip Bayless is an American columnist, journalist, and personality in television sports. He is well known for his work as an analyst with Stephen A. Smith on the ESPN2 show, First Take, which he left in June 2016. On 6 September 2016, Bayless premiered his new show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed on Fox Sports 1 with Shannon Sharpe.

Skip Bayless

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Skip Bayless: Early Life, Education, Family

Bayless was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 4 December 1951 as the John Edward Bayless II. His father, John Sr., instantly began calling him Skip –his father even called his mother “Skip,” as in “the ship’s skipper” The name soon stuck, and his parents never named Bayless John, so much so that he finally changed his name to Skip. In his youth, Bayless worked in the restaurant but never treated it as a career path. His younger brother, Rick Bayless, followed the legacy of his family and became a star of chef, restaurateur, and television. He has a younger sister, as well.

Bayless’s interest in sports started at an early age and he played baseball and basketball, whereas a senior he averaged 1.4 ppg and played JV. Bayless was the Salutatorian of the 1970 graduating class of Northwest Classen. He was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and president of the chapter of the Christian Athletes Fellowship at the school. The journalist had also been an officer in the party of the letterman. He later worked as the sports editor of The Hustler, the student newspaper at the university, and spent the summer of 1969 interning at The Daily Oklahoman under sports editor Frank Boggs.

Skip Bayless: Career and achievements


Bayless went straight from Vanderbilt to The Miami Herald, where he spent a little more than two years writing sports features. In August 1976, he then took up a position at the Los Angeles Times. There, he became best known for investigative reports about the frustration of “golden boy” Steve Garvey and his celebrity wife Cyndy at the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse, and the behind-the-scenes decisions made by Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom to select various quarterbacks each week. Bayless received the 1977 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Reporting for his reporting of Triple Crown win by Seattle Slew.

Bayless was hired by The Dallas Morning News at the age of 26 to write their lead sports column and joined the Dallas Times Herald three years later. After 17 years Bayless quit Dallas in 1998 and became the Chicago Tribune’s lead sports columnist.

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Bayless joined host Dick Schaap as a panelist on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters in 1989. In addition, he was a guest on Sunday morning show during the next decade. In 1992, Bayless became a member of the original debate team with Mitch Albom and Michael Wilbon on NFL Prime Monday’s “Knights of the Roundtable” episodes. Likewise, in 2004, ESPN recruited Bayless full-time to team up with Woody Paige of The Denver Post. They team up in the daily debate segments on ESPN2’s Cold Pizza called “1st and 10,” and to write columns for Bayless was confirmed to have parted ways with ESPN on April 26, 2016, and would switch to Fox Sports after his contract expires in August.


Bayless played a cameo role in 2006 film Rocky Balboa along with ESPN colleagues Woody Paige and Jay Crawford. He starred in the 2010 ESPN 30 for 30 films, Pony Excess, about the football scandal at Southern Methodist University involving gross violations of NCAA rules and regulations. Writing for both The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Times Herald, Bayless covered the Mustangs. He also featured in the 2011 ESPNU documentary, Herschel, about running back Herschel Walker at the University of Georgia.

Skip Bayless: Personal life and wife

In 2016, Skip Bayless we d Ernestine Sclafani. She’s writing a how-to book for sports enthusiast partners. However, further information regarding the couple is unavailable.

Skip Bayless with wife Ernestine

Caption: Skip Bayless with wife Ernestine

Skip Bayless: Net Worth and social media

The American sportswriter has a net value of $13 million. Skip’s compensation is $5 million a year at Fox Sports.

Similarly, talking about his availability on social media platforms,  he is accessible on Twitter by the name  ‘RealSkipBayless‘ and has 2.5 million followers. Besides, he is also accessible on Instagram by the name  ‘skipbayless‘ and has 369k followers.

Skip Bayless: Body measurements

Bayless has a wild workout schedule, which usually begins at 3 in the morning, according to his wife. Moreover, we can surely say he retains a lot of his physique. He is 1.78 m tall and weighs 78kgs. In addition, he has dark blond hair and hazel eyes.