Skip Bayless
Skip Bayless
Real Name/Full Name John Edward Bayless II
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Skip Bayless
Birth Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U. S.
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 4 December 1951
Age/How Old: 72 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 178 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 10″
Weight: In Kilograms – 80 Kg
In Pounds – 176.3 lbs
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Parents Name: Father – John Bayless
Mother – Levita Bayless
Siblings: Rick Bayless
School: Northwest Classen High School
College: Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Religion: Christian
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Ernestine Sclafani (m. 2016)
Kids/Children Name: N/A
Profession: Sports Columnist, Commentator, TV personality, author
Net Worth: $20 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Skip Bayless is a renowned and very successful sports columnist, commentator, and author who has worked with popular sports channels like ESPN, Fox Sports Channel, etc. His shows like Sports Centre, First Take, the Sports Reporters, etc. have been very popular among sports lovers. He has also written three books based on sports. He has also starred in movies like Rocky Balboa.

Well, how well do you know about Skip Bayless? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Skip Bayless’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Skip Bayless to date.

Biography and Early Life-

Skip Bayless was born and brought up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents John Bayless and Levita Bayless. His family used to be the owner of a restaurant. However, it wasn’t going so well, and he and his brother grew up in a lower-middle-class background. He was interested in sports and basketball from a very young age and didn’t want to work in the family business, and he was quite good as a writer as well.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Skip Bayless in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Skip Bayless’s age is 54 years old as of today’s date 17th June 2024 having been born on 4 December 1951. Though, he is 5′ 10″ in feet and inches and 178 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 176.3 lbs in Pound and 80 kg in Kilograms.


He went to Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma. He then completed his graduation with English and history majors from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. He started working as a sports columnist when he was in college and in university; he used to be an editor of the student’s newspaper ‘The Hustler.’

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Skip Bayless With Wife Ernestine Sclafani
Skip Bayless With Wife Ernestine Sclafani

Skip Bayless’s first wife was his girlfriend from high school days; however, her name has been unknown. The couple soon ended the marriage. Following this, Bayless found love in Ernestine Sclafani, who used to work as a publicist, and the couple got married in the year 2016.

Is Skip Bayless Gay?

Skip Bayless is currently married to Ernestine Sclafani, who used to work as a publicist. So it can be confirmed that he is not gay.

Professional Career-

Skip Bayless was always interested in sports and writing, so after graduation from Vanderbilt University, he started his career as the columnist of the paper The Miami Herald. Fortunately, in 1976, he was hired by the Los Angeles Times, where he gained immense popularity owing to the investigative columns he used to publish.

Following this, he joined the Dallas Morning News as the lead sports columnist, where he could express his love for basketball and give informative insight and his take on several matches. After this, he was hired by the Dallas Times Herald and even by the Wall Street Journal. He also used to work as a commentator for radio stations like KLIF and KTCK.

He was thereafter hired as the show host for the popular sports channel ESPN Radio. On ESPN, he used to host the show called The Sports Reporters, and also he used to work as a sports columnist on the ESPN website. He then moved to Fox Sports Channel, where he continued his work as a sports commentator and columnist. His shows like Sports Centre and First Take have been very popular among sports lovers.

Apart from hosting and writing, he has even starred in movies like Rocky Balboa. He has even published three books called God’s Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry’s Cowboys, The Boys: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys’ Season on the Edge, Simon & Schuster, and Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the “Win or Else” Dallas Cowboys.


  • Bayless was awarded the Grantland rice scholarship during college.
  • Won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Newspaper Writing in 1977.
  • Honored with the Texas sportswriter of the year award three times by The National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association.
  • He also got nominated for the Sports Emmy Awards.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Skip Bayless in 2024

Skip Bayless Net Worth
Skip Bayless Net Worth

Skip Bayless’ estimated net worth as of 2024 is around $20 million. All his earnings are basically from TV anchoring and sports commentary. His annual salary used to be $500,000 per year from ESPN. In 2016, he signed with fox sports for a deal of $5.5 million a year for five years.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • When Skip was young, he used to work with his brother in a restaurant.
  • Bayless owns a lavish apartment in Oklahoma City.

Skip Bayless is a very passionate, dedicated, and ambitious person who achieved a lot in his life by recognizing his talent and working on it. He gathered the courage to think out of the box than his family and succeeded in that. Apart from all this, he has no controversies and is aging like a fine wine.


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