Mike Golic was booted with out being supplied a pay lower by the Miami Dolphins, the previous Houston Oilers and now ESPN.
In a current podcast with with Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, the longtime radio host equated his departure from ESPN earlier this 12 months to when he was launched by groups throughout his NFL profession.
“When ‘Mike & Mike’ ended, they nonetheless felt there was worth to having me there,” the 58-year-old Golic stated. “That’s why the brand new morning present with me and Trey and my son [Mike Jr.] bought going, however after that deal and contract was up, they only felt there wasn’t any value. And, not even from a financial level, as a result of they didn’t even speak about taking much less cash. We knew all people was taking pay cuts. We didn’t even speak about that.”
At ESPN, Golic co-hosted the favored “Mike & Mike” morning radio and simulcast present with Mike Greenberg for 17 years after which co-hosted a substitute present together with his son and Trey Wingo till final July.
Golic stated he beforehand took a pay lower when “Mike & Mike” dissolved and the brand new program started. He broadcast school soccer video games final fall however revealed that was at his personal urging to remain concerned.
“They stated, ‘Effectively hell, I assume he wasn’t going to work and was going to receives a commission in any case.’ So I did that,” Golic stated. “And we’ve gone again to them since. There have been most likely three or 4 totally different entities we have been speaking about school and ESPN was considered one of them. And their final dialog with my agent was ‘No, don’t need it.’ Not even a chat of we are able to’t pay a lot. It was simply nothing.”
ESPN has parted methods with a number of of its massive names, most lately Kenny Mayne. Golic instructed The Athletic he’s a number of choices to return to broadcasting.
“Sh–, is it a blow to the ego? Certain. To anyone it could be,” Golic stated. “If you find yourself there for so long as you’re, and impulsively it’s not even mentioned to maintain you there, yeah, that’s a blow to the ego. However that’s life. I can’t sit right here and cry about it. You progress on.”
Golic’s NFL profession led to 1993 and he started at ESPN in 1995. When Golic requested two executives to elucidate why he was now not wished, he says he didn’t acquire a lot readability.
“The primary response was ‘We don’t need to inform you,’ ” Golic stated. “And I used to be like OK, after which it was ‘Effectively we simply felt it was time for a change.’ ”