John Buccigross currently serves as one of the primary hosts of the ESPN show Sportscenter. He regularly serves in the 11pm slot. He also writes a weekly column for ESPNs website and has featured in several advertisements that have promoted the network since 2001.
Buccigross was also the host of the show NHL 2Night through 2004 and handles the network’s coverage of the NCAA ice hockey championships that air on the network.
In 2017, he signed a contract with the network that would extend his time there for another 5 years. Although details of his contract have not been made public, the last reports of his salary were that he was making at least $250,000 per year. At that level, he would be one of the network’s highest paid anchor/host personalities.
Buccigross also has a net worth that is estimated to be around $5 million.
Was Buccigross Employment at ESPN Ever in Question?
During the contract negotiations that Buccigross, who acted as his own agent, held with ESPN, allegations of behavioral misconduct arose with one of his co-workers. Adrienne Lawrence filed a complaint of sexual harassment against Buccigross with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities in the Summer of 2017.
In the complaint, Lawrence states that Buccigross sent her unsolicited photos of himself without a shirt. She also notes that the anchor spread rumors about a fling they allegedly had. She filed the complaint because she was denied a permanent position and had her airtime reduced.
Their text conversations were released by ESPN to the general public, with conversations around the one image Buccigross sent of himself not wearing a shirt. He described himself as turning into “Matthew McConaughey during the summer.”
The outcome of the complaint has not been acknowledged publicly.
Is Buccigross Safe with His New Contract?
Although Buccigross did sign a new contract and is still serving as an on-air personality for ESPN, shifting attitudes toward sports and cable television do not have him in a safe position. In the past 5 years, ESPN has lost at least 12 million households that were once subscribers to their network.
If those declines continue, Buccigross may be asked to take a cut in pay or may find himself laid off, as dozens of personalities found themselves in 2017.
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