Skip Bayless is far from popular. In fact, other than people like the Kardashians and such, Bayless may be one of the most despised public figures this nation has. Fox Sports said “F it” and decided to buy into the “hate is love” credo and hire Bayless away from ESPN, reportedly paying him something like $7-8 million a year.
Bayless’ new show, Undisputed, aired this morning, so I decided to tune in. And WOW, is it garbage. I’d be shocked if it lasts a full year. It is LITERALLY the same show as First Take, only Skip Bayless apparently seems to have more power, which is good for absolutely no one. One of the people (other than myself) that is upset that Bayless is now on Fox Sports, is none other than Hall Of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Troy Aikman has worked for Fox Sports for 15 years and has been the network’s lead NFL analyst since 2002, so his word has some weight within the organization.
While speaking to Sports Illustrated, Aikman absolutely annihilated Bayless, showing absolutely no mercy:
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement. Clearly, [Fox Sports President of National Networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”
Those are some fightin’ words from the ole’ Cowboy. It should be noted that their beef between Aikman and Bayless stretches back over two decades, back to when Bayless wrote a typically asinine Bayless article, in which he baselessly insinuated that Aikman was gay.
I rarely root for anyone to fail, but I am certainly hoping Bayless’ new show goes down in glorious flames.