Skip Bayless leaving ESPN when contract up at end of August

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Commentator Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN when his contract is up at the end of August.

The network announced the move Tuesday, a day after news broke that ''Monday Night Football'' play-by-play voice Mike Tirico is departing ESPN for NBC.

Bayless could reunite at Fox with former ESPN executive Jamie Horowitz. He's the latest prominent personality to leave in the past year as the network has looked to cut costs.

Bayless joined ESPN in 2004 as a writer and TV commentator. He raised his profile trading inflammatory opinions with Stephen A. Smith on the daily studio show ''First Take.''

His last appearance at ''First Take'' will be the day after the end of the NBA Finals.

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