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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith: Bring On Sports Network Competition

Veteran ESPN sports commentator Stephen A. Smith says he’s not concerned about the rise of new cable sports networks looking to compete with cable sports network leader ESPN.

“When I look at Fox (Sports 1), Comcast (which owns NBCSN) and all of these different networks, I love it,” Smith said during a recent video interview with Multichannel News.

Smith added: “I love the fact that there are people who want to come and try to knock us off our pedestal … I like those challenges.”

As far as his future, Smith says he wouldn’t mind taking a stab at political reporting or hosting a political show, but his goal now is to continue to build his voice in sports media.

“I want to establish myself as the pre-eminent voice in the world of sports,” he said. “I’m just getting started.”  

Click here to see the video interview, or here to see the first half of the Smith interview.