Gossip

Why Did Jonathan Coachman Leave ESPN Despite a Huge Salary and Net Worth?

Jonathan Coachman, who had worked for ESPN for nearly a decade, opted to let his contract expire and leave the company. Despite earning millions of dollars from a lucrative contract with ESPN, his decision to leave the network has been vindicated. Jonathan Coachman, a sports interviewer and commentator, went on with the Golf Channel in April 2018 to serve as the play-by-play announcer for ‘Clash in the Canyon,’ a World Long Drive Association (WLDA) event.

Quick Information

  • Date of Birth Aug 12, 1973
  • Age 48 Years, 6 Months
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place McPherson, Kansas, United States
  • Birth Name Jonathan William Coachman
  • Profession Announcer
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Ex-Wife Amy Coachman (M.1999-Div.2017)
  • Divorce/Split Once
  • Gay No
  • Net Worth $2 million
  • Ethnicity/Race White
  • High School McPherson High School
  • College McPherson College
  • Lesbian No
  • Children/Kids Two

Jonathan Coachman, who had worked for ESPN for nearly a decade, opted to let his contract expire and leave the company. Despite earning millions of dollars from a lucrative contract with ESPN, his decision to leave the network has been vindicated.

Jonathan Coachman, an American sports interviewer and commentator, joined on with the Golf Channel in April 2018 to serve as the play-by-play announcer for ‘Clash in the Canyon,’ a World Long Drive Association (WLDA) event. Furthermore, the TV celebrity has returned to wrestling full-time after coming on as a color commentator for RAW on January 29, 2018.
Jonathan worked as a point guard, commentator, and interviewer for WWE in 2018 and helped to contribute the storylines that make the events and nights memorable. He was a panelist for WWE’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event, which featured the Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 18, 2018. He quit the Raw commentary crew after his contract with WWE RAW expired on September 10, 2018. Renee Young has taken his place as the new pre-show panel host for WWE pay-per-view events.

Jonathan Coachman signs up as the play-by-play commentator with Golf Channel for WLDA in April 2018 (Photo: golf.com)

In 1999, Jonathan married Amy Coachman. With his wife, a former college athlete and personal trainer, he has two children. Despite speculations that he and his 20-year-old wife were divorcing in 2017, after he was accused of sexual abuse, he and his wife are still together. On March 6, 2018, he angrily refuted the allegations on Twitter.
Jonathan William Coachman, a television personality, was born on August 12, 1972, in McPherson, Kansas. He was a basketball player at McPherson High School in Kansas, and he went on to McPherson College to continue his career. Jonathan was no stranger to wrestling, having grown up as a basketball player and wrestler. His first journey into television came when he worked as a color commentator for college basketball games, which led him to KMBC-TV in Kansas City. He was initially enlisted to serve as a correspondent for Larry King’s show on the death of wrestler Owen Hart in 1999.

In 1999, he joined the WWF as a backstage interviewer, and his fun chats with wrestler turned actor The Rock became a success.

After being named as Commentator and Assistant to Eric Bischoff in 2003, the presenter, better known as The Coach, switched from backstage to front. He was promoted to Executive Assistant and Interim General Manager after three years with Eric, a position he held until 2008.

He moved to ESPN in 2009 after nine years with the WWF, which later became the WWE, and was the face of ESPN’s sports center from 2015 to 2017, before his departure.

After leaving ESPN, he returned to WWE in 2018 and is now pursuing a career in golf after signing with the Golf Channel.

Despite earning millions, he leaves ESPN

Jonathan Coachman’s decision to depart the sports broadcasting channel startled many of his admirers. Jonathan’s decision was welcomed with gasps, despite earning a salary of $500K a year and having a large fan base. Furthermore, he was quitting ESPN after the network helped him build a $ 2 million net worth.

His decision to depart ESPN was based on creative differences rather than financial considerations. ESPN’s tendency to regulate creative content irritated the wrestling devotee, who was unable to focus only on his passion: wrestling.

In an interview with the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, the wrestler turned broadcaster said that ESPN only wanted to put one foot in the water, not both. This was about ESPN’s lack of wrestling coverage.

His decision to quit ESPN, on the other hand, proved to be a success, as he was able to focus more on wrestling and WWE through his social media site periscope, and then through his affiliation with Golf Channel. The golf channel not only allowed the star to extend his horizons by exposing him to a new sport, but it also gave him the ability to control his own material.

In terms of his personal life, the 47-year-old analyst is a family man who enjoys spending time with his family, particularly his children. In November 2018, he visited his son’s school for the 8-year-baseball old’s game tournament and encouraged other fathers to make the effort to teach their children to appreciate each moment and learn to live in the present.

Coachman celebrated the end of the year by sharing an emotional statement on Instagram. He noted that his father underwent heart transplant surgery in December 2018, which was a difficult time for him and his family throughout the year, but that the surgery was successful, and that he is entering 2019 with a newfound respect and appreciation for each day.

Load More