Skip Bayless Bio: Parents, Net Worth, Career, Wife & Books

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Well known due to his columnist skills and TV commentary, Skip Bayless is at the heart of each American. He’s widely recognized for his excellent writing skills and commentator for various radio and TV shows.

Skip Bayless is a reputed host and is involved with various channels and shows. At the beginning of his career joined the ESPN2 show First Take with Stephen A. Smith.

Skip Bayless
Skip Bayless

He also published a book of his own. Moreover, he is nominated in various categories for his fantastic work on different sportswriting categories.

So, stay with us till the end of this article to know more about Skip Bayless life.

Before that, let’s look at some quick facts about Skip Bayless:

Quick Facts

Full Name John Edward Bayless II
Birth Date December 4, 1951
Birth Place Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Nick Name Skip Bayless
Religion Unknown
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Classen High School

Vanderbilt University

Horoscope Sagittarius
Father’s Name John Sr Bayless
Mother’s Name Levita Bayless
Siblings 2
Age 72 Years Old
Height 5’8 feet (1.78m)
Weight 80 Kg
Sexuality Straight
Body Structure Muscular
Eye Colour Hazel
Hair color Dark Blonde
Profession Sports commentator, Columnist, Sportswriter
Books 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

Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the “Win or Else” Dallas Cowboys

Marital Status Yes
Wife Ernestine Sclafani
Pets Dog – Hazel
Net Worth  $13 million
Social Media  Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
Merch Books
Last Update April, 2024

Skip Bayless | Early Life and Education

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, Skip became a fantastic journalist and commenter.

He was born on December 4, 1951, to the parent’s John Sr Bayless and Levita Bayless.

Moving towards his other family, his family consists of 2 siblings: One brother and one sister.

Grew up in Oklahoma City; he spent his childhood with family, i.e., family and siblings. Skip family owns a restaurant named ‘Hickory House Restaurant’ in Oklahoma City. The restaurant is famous for its ‘Barbecue.’

Bayless also joined the restaurant in his teenage. But he didn’t want it to grow this profession as his career. However, Rick Bayless (brother of Skip Bayless) continued working in the restaurant along with his parents.

Skip as writer
Skip As A Writer

We have come to know that Skip also has one sister. But we don’t have any relevant information. If found any, we’ll update it soon.

Talking about skip education, he did his schooling at Northwest Classen High School. With schooling, he also started his interest in Basketball and other sports activities.

Later on, after high school, Skip joined Vanderbilt University. There he completed his university degree in major English and History with distinction divisions.

From this, we can say that Skip is very smart and forward from his early career. This may be the reason he’s so popular in every field today.

Skip Bayless | Nickname, Age & Physical Appearance

When skip was born, his parents were named John Edward Bayless II. But his parents never called him by his birth name. Everyone in the family called him ‘Skip.’ 

It’s said that Skip didn’t know his original name until he was in Middle school. Later in the year 1990, he changed the name to Skip Bayless legally.

Today he is famous with the name ‘Skip Bayless’ all over the world. We must say that this nickname turns out to be quite lucky for him.

Physical Appearance of Skip Bayless
Physical Appearance of Skip Bayless

The American sports commenter weighed about 80 Kg. He has quite an attractive personality when standing over the crowd. His height is nearly equal to 5’8 feet or (1.78m). Looking at the current date of today, Bayless turns 72 years old.

One can easily guess Skip’s physical appearance from his photographs. He has dark blonde hair with hazel eye color. Not to mention he possess a muscular body structure.

Moreover, the commentator is famous for his diet and exercise routine. Bayless eats the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for ten weeks to maintain his physique. Not to mention, he has only missed a single cardio session in over three decades. 

Lastly, his horoscope is Sagittarius. It’s believed that people with a Sagittarius horoscope are optimistic, honest, and intellectual, and so is Skip Bayless.

Who is Rick Bayless? Summary

As mentioned already, Rick Bayless is the brother of Skip Bayless. These brothers spend their childhood together, growing up.

From the early childhood period, both Bayless brothers used to help their parents in their restaurants. Skip didn’t show much interest in the restaurant. However, Rick continued working there, and now he’s a famous American chef and restaurateur.

Rick Bayless
The Fox Sports 1 commentator’s brother, Rick Bayless

He’s quite famous for his contribution to different Mexican foods and other varieties. With that, Rick also hosted television shows like Cooking Mexican. Now he’s busy with his PBS shows Mexico: One Plate at a Time.

Skip Bayless | Professional Career

During his television show, he suffered from different criticism for his shows like First Talk, Skip, and Shannon. Not only that, he was criticized for spreading rumors about Dak Prescott.

Skip and Shannon Undisputed
Skip and Shannon Undisputed On Fox Sports 1

In the year 2006, Bayless appeared in a cameo role in the movie  Rocky Balboa. After that, he also appeared in 30 for 30 films in the year 2010. This movie is about the Southern Methodist University football scandal that involves a gross violation of NCAA rules and regulations.

Again in the year 2011, he appeared in a documentary called Herschel. This documentary is all about University Georgia Player Herschel Walker.

Thereafter, he joined Skip and Shannon Undisputed on Fox Sports 1 in 2016. In the show, he had a well-built reputation for criticizing very renowned and loved players LeBron James and Aaron Rodgers

Skip Bayless | Wife, and Children

From early reports, Skip was said to be dating one of the college friends. Later on, they also got married. But this marriage didn’t work out.

After some time, they both planned to get separated and divorced. We don’t have the actual date of Skip’s previous wedding and separation.

In the year 2005, Skip met Ernestine Sclafani. They were in a love relationship for many years. Finally, these coupled married in the year 2016.

They share their lovely pictures with fans on different social media accounts. Hence, we can believe that skip has a beautiful and romantic life with his wife.

Skip Bayless and Ernestine Sclafani
Skip Bayless and Ernestine Sclafani

Similarly, there is no rumor about Ernestine getting pregnant. So this Bayless couple is not able to experience the parenthood period of their life. Let’s hope we can hear it soon.

So, we can believe that skip has a beautiful and romantic life with his wife.

Ernestine Sclafani

Ernestine Sclafani is not only famous because of her journalist life. But also due to her contribution as a publicist. She is also named Ernestine Sclafani after getting married to Skip Bayless.

Born up and grew up in Lengthy Island, Sclafani worked for different corporate companies like Ball of Switerzland. Also, she worked in the General Public Relations Agency.

BALLS How to Keep Your Relationship Alive When You Live with a Sports-Obsessed Guy
BALLS How to Keep Your Relationship Alive When You Live with a Sports-Obsessed Guy

After getting married to Skip Bayless and spending time with him, she thought of writing a book of her own. Finally, the book name ‘BALLS: How to Keep Your Relationship Alive When You Live with a Sports-Obsessed Guy’ published on September 10, 2019.

Sclafani is also active on different social media account like Instagram. To get more information, you can also follow these accounts of her.

Skip Bayless’s Pets

Skip love is not only limited to humans but also pets too. Bayless couple has adopted a small pet dog, ‘Hazel.’

Hazel is not only a pet to these couples; they consider Hazel as the daughter of Bayless since these couples have no children of their right now, so they are taking care like a won child.

They often share pictures of hazel on social media and captions it as a daughter of theirs.

Skip Bayless | Net Worth, Annual Salary & Contract

All the income of Skip Bayless is directly related to his hard work and patience. He’s not involved in a single profession. Looking from today’s scenario, Skip current net worth is around $13 million. This’s a huge amount, isn’t it!

The main income of Skip is from the sports commenter. Also, his Annual salary is predicted to be around $6 million.

He’s a writer and producer for different television shows. Not only that, but Skip has also appeared in various Television shows. Luckily Bayless is considered as one of the ‘Best Paid Television Starts in the World.’

Recently in 2021, he signed a contract worth $32 million with Fox Sports 1 for four years. His contract worth and details were not appreciated much by the sports world. 

Furthermore, Bayless’s wife, Ernestine Sclafani, is involved in different and works as a public relations officer. From this, we can say that these couples are having a very luxurious life and living the best of their life.

Skip Bayless | Books

along with a huge success in his professional career, Skip has also published books of his own.

    • 1989 – God’s Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry’s Cowboys
    • 1993 – The Boys: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Season on the Edge
    • 1996 –  Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the “Win or Else” Dallas Cowboys
God's Coach
God’s Coach
The Boys
The Boys
Hell Bent
Hell Bent

Skip Bayless | Highlights, Awards, and Achievements

With a huge success in different fields, Skip has been awarded for his different contributions in his career.

  • Grantland Rice Scholarship to continue study at Vanderbilt University.
  • Eclipse Award in 1977 for outstanding newspaper writing.
  • Sportswriter of the year in 1979, 1984, 1986.
  •  Lisagor Award for amazing sports column writing in 1998.
  • Illinois sportswriter of the year in 2000.
  • Nominated for Sports Emmy Award in 2012.

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Skip Bayless | Quotes 

  • If the NFL can keep getting away with forcing players to wait three years out of high school before they’re drafted – three! – the NCAA should be made to do away with its rules against paying players beyond room, board, and tuition. I’m not talking about some token, $2,000-a-year ‘spending money’ stipend for every player.
  • I have too many psycho superstitions.
  • I’m a communist, man. I’m going to break the rules.
  • Too many people in charge at ESPN, for my taste, were a little too fearful. It’s a Disney network. There are just certain boundaries that you can’t even tiptoe along.
  • I’m LeBron’s ‘No. 1 Critic’ and his ‘Biggest Hater.’ I feel a little like Shailene Woodley‘s character in ‘Divergent.’ The government is going to eliminate me because I don’t fit in.
  • Interviewing Michael Jordan is like playing him one on one. If he respects you and especially your media platform and he’s amused by your college try, he’ll let you get off a shot or two. Then he’ll go behind his back, give you a head fake and leave you wondering exactly what he meant by this and that.
  • You know what, Tom Brady is unlike any quarterback I have ever followed or covered. He is shattering every mold of how a franchise quarterback should be on and off the field. He’s just different.

Skip Bayless | Social Media Presence

Skip Bayless is currently active on Instagram, with active followers of 388 thousand followers. Here he shares the most significant events and highlights of his career. Fans of Skip can easily get updated about his life through this platform.

Furthermore, Skip is also active on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, he has an active fan following of 2.9 million. This is a huge fan following so far.

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