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Stephen A. Smith Wants a Podcast — But Maybe Not at ESPN

  • The popular sports media personality has talked to Spotify
  • Smith has asked ESPN to carve podcasts out of his deal
Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. SmithPhotographer: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Stephen A. Smith has a radio show, a TV show and a column. Now the star sports commentator wants to start a podcast.

Smith, one of the highest-paid personalities at ESPN, has met with companies such as Spotify Technology SA about creating a podcast or network of audio shows, according to several people familiar with the talks. The conversations were preliminary and no deal is yet being negotiated, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.