Pat McAfee opens up about his $85 million ESPN leap

The Post has learnt that Pat McAfee's contract with ESPN is for five years and will likely pay him $85 million.

With the contract, the upcoming episodes of "The Pat McAfee Show" will start airing this fall on the most influential platforms for weekday sports television.

It will air on ESPN+, the company's direct-to-consumer streaming service, as well as on ESPN's cable channel and free YouTube channel.

When The Post questioned McAfee about the contract via Twitter direct messages, he responded, "Interesting number." I avoid discussing the financial aspects of things, such as the real numbers.

When asked why he quit his four-year, rumored $120 million endorsement agreement with FanDuel, McAfee, 36, explained why he and officials from ESPN had a common goal.

The roughly $17 million per year contract that ESPN agreed to with McAfee includes his weekly appearance as an analyst on the venerable "College Football GameDay"

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