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John Edward “Skip Bayless” Complete Biography

Bayless in 2011


  • John Edward Bayless II
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.


  • Vanderbilt University


  • Sportswriter, television sports commentator

Notable credit(s):

  • FS1 (Skip and Shannon: Undisputed)
  • 2016–present
  • ESPN (Cold Pizza, First Take)
  • 2004–2016
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Dallas Times Herald
  • Dallas Morning News
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Miami HeraldFamilyRick Bayless (brother)

Bio Skip Bayless

John Edward “Skip Bayless” II (born December 4, 1951) is an American sports columnist, commentator, and television personality. He is well-known for his work as a commentator on the ESPN2 show First Take with Stephen A. Smith, a show which he left in June 2016. Bayless debuted his new show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe on Fox Sports 1 on September 6, 2016. He is based in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN’s home base, and Bayless has been since the production of the predecessor of First Take, Cold Pizza, moved from New York City to Bristol. Prior to moving to New York full-time, He was a sportswriter by trade, recently working for the San Jose Mercury News in California.

Early years

Bayless was born as John Edward Bayless II in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His father, John Sr., immediately began calling him Skip – his father also had called his mother “Skip”, as in “skipper of the ship”. The name instantly stuck, and Bayless was never called John by his parents, to the point that he eventually had his name legally changed to Skip. His parents owned and operated the Hickory House restaurant in Oklahoma City, which specialized in barbecue. Bayless worked in the restaurant in his youth, but never considered it as a career path. His younger brother Rick Bayless carried on the family tradition and became a chef, restaurateur and television personality. He also has a younger sister.


  1. Print journalism
  2. Radio
  3. Television
  4. Films
  5. Other honors and awards

Print journalism:

Bayless went directly from Vanderbilt to The Miami Herald, where he wrote sports features for a little more than two years. He then took a position at the Los Angeles Times in August 1976. There, he was best known for investigative stories on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse resentment of “golden boy” Steve Garvey and his celebrity wife Cyndy, and on Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom’s behind-the-scenes decisions to start different quarterbacks each week. Bayless won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing in 1977 for his coverage of Seattle Slew’s Triple Crown victory.


In 1991, Bayless began a two-year stint hosting a sports talk radio show from 6–8 p.m. Monday through Friday for Dallas radio station KLIF. In 1994, he became one of the original investors in the Fort Worth radio station KTCK (“the Ticket”), and hosted The Skip Bayless Show from 6–9 a.m. weekdays from 1994–96. In 1996, the original owners sold the station to Cumulus Media, which bought out Bayless’ contract. Also in the mid-1990s, he was a frequent guest on ESPN Radio’s first national weekday show, The Fabulous Sports Babe. After moving to Chicago, he began making regular appearances on Chet Coppock’s show on the Sporting News Radio network, Coppock On Sports. In 2001, he became the primary guest host of the syndicated radio program, The Jim Rome Show. Soon thereafter, Bayless began co-hosting a weekend show on ESPN Radio with former SportsCenter anchor Larry Beil, which aired until 2004, when he moved full-time into television.


In 1989, Bayless joined host Dick Schaap as a panellist on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, and over the next decade, he was a regular on the Sunday morning show. In 1992, Bayless became a member of the original debate team on NFL Prime Monday’s “Knights of the Roundtable” segments with Mitch Albom and Michael Wilbon.


Along with ESPN colleagues Woody Paige and Jay Crawford, Bayless had a cameo role in the 2006 film Rocky Balboa. The three are seen on their “First and 10” segment discussing a possible fight between a retired Balboa and current heavyweight champion Mason Dixon. Bayless opines that Balboa “was completely overrated” and mocks his age.

Other honors and awards:

In 2008, Bayless was selected to the Oklahoma City Wall of Fame recognizing outstanding alumni of Oklahoma City public schools. In 2009, he was inducted as one of the five members of the inaugural class of the Vanderbilt Student Media Hall of Fame. In 2012, he received two honors: he was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst, and was the co-recipient with DJ Steve Porter of a Webby People’s Voice Award in the category of Video Remixes/Mashups for “All He Does Is Win”, Porter’s mashup of clips of Bayless passionately defending oft-maligned quarterback Tim Tebow.

Аgе, Неіght, аnd Wеіght

  • HEIGHT 1.78m
  • WEIGHT 80 KG

Films oF Skip Bayless

  • Rocky balboa ESPN commentator In 2006
  • Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Writer In 2016-2020
  • High Flying Bird Self In 2019
  • The Top 5 Reasons You Cannot Blame…Self In 2005

Skip Bayless Net Worth

  • $20 million (Updated)

Skip Bayless Wife

  • Ernestine Sclafani 
  • Net Worth: $10 Million (Updated)

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