Max Kellerman is a natural when it comes to doing his job. By the way, he is a television personality who is making waves in the sports sector. He has worked in various media houses and at the moment, he co-hosts ESPN’S talk show First Take together with Stephen A. Smith and Molly Qerim. Before now, he was the host of the network’s panel talk show Around the Horn and a co-host of SportsNation. He also worked as a studio commentator on Friday Night Fights, as well as a colour commentator for the American television series HBO World Championship Boxing and the HBO boxing program Boxing After Dark.
Who is Max Kellerman?
Max Kellerman was born on August 6, 1973, in The Bronx, New York City and was raised in the Greenwich Village area of NYC, where he attended PS 41 before moving on to Hunter College High School from where he graduated in 1991. Continuing his education, the boxing commentator enrolled in Columbia University, graduating in 1998 with a degree in History.
He had his first experience with broadcasting on “Max on Boxing” when he was a teenager and even though the show was simple, it drew the attention of the then-young Mike Tyson, as well as the entire boxing community. Sequel to his graduation from the university, Max Kellerman started working as an analyst on the boxing series Friday Night Fights, which airs on ESPN.
In November 2002, the channel gave him his own show, a roundtable discussion show known as Around the Horn. Despite the show’s huge popularity, Max Kellerman left ESPN in 2004 because he could not reach an agreement with the network for him to remain with them. He then moved over to Fox Sports Net where he began hosting a new show named I, Max.
In 2005, Max became a contributor on the MSNBC’s Tucker and continued until the show was cancelled in March 2008. In August 2006, he did two nights of audition shows for WEPN (1050) 1050 ESPN Radio in New York City, and on the 28th of the same month, he was temporarily left without a time slot as Brandon Tierney took over his 7 PM slot.
Subsequently, Max became the host of the 10 AM to noon program on WEPN on October 23, 2006, taking the place of Colin Cowherd’s program which was broadcast nationally on ESPN. In addition to the show being extended to 1 PM, Brian Kenny of ESPNEWS and SportsCenter also became a co-host two months after, while the show was eventually added to XM Radio on ESPN Xtra on February 4, 2008.
However, Max Kellerman left the radio show later in 2008 to continue with his SportsCenter show which was renamed The Max Kellerman Show. On the 9th of March 2009, he ended his working relationship with ESPN on mutual grounds and joined the American premium cable and satellite television network, HBO (Home Box Office), where he continued his boxing broadcast work first on the program Boxing After Dark and later in 2007 on the HBO World Championship Boxing main team.
In May 2010, Max Kellerman joined CNN and in December 2010 he started working as the new midday co-host on ESPNLA 710, alongside Marcellus Wiley. From July 25, 2016, Kellerman also took over from Skip Bayless as co-analyst on ESPN’s First Take. Following the exit of HBO from the boxing industry at the close of 2018, Max Kellerman ended a contract of many years with ESPN. Nevertheless, as opposed to his colour-commentary role with HBO, he is in charge of ESPN network coverage from the broadcast desk instead of the ringside.
Apart from his career as a media personality, Max Kellerman has also appeared in a handful of films, including Creed (2005), Rocky Balboa (2006), and The Wedding Bout (short film). He also appeared as himself in the reality television parody, Real Husbands of Hollywood.
His Salary & Net Worth
Having worked at ESPN for many years, beginning from when he graduated from the university, Max Kellerman has been able to climb his way up the ranks, establishing himself as one of the network’s popular anchors and highest earners.
A well-known sports network, ESPN has a reputation for paying its employees well. The renowned presenter was listed among the 10 Highest-paid Sportscaster Analyst Commentators in 2017 and according to reports, he earns an annual salary of $3 million from the network and has an estimated $7 million net worth.
Family Life – Brother, Wife
Max Kellerman has three brothers, including Sam Kellerman, who was the second son and fifteen months Max’s junior. Sam was born on November 24, 1974, and was raised in Manhattan where he attended Stuyvesant High School. His quest to become an artist came to an abrupt end on October 12, 2004, when he was murdered inside his Los Angeles apartment in the 1400 block of Vista Street.
After his body was found on October 17, 2004, the ensuing investigation pointed out former boxer James Butler as the person who perpetrated the dastardly act, leading to his arrest. James had ended Sam’s life through repeated blows on his head with a hammer after which he set his apartment on fire. He later admitted that he committed the crime and was sentenced to 29 years imprisonment.
As a result of the sad incident, Max took some time off from the Fox Sports Net show, I, Max, to mourn the loss of his brother. According to him, Sam was a creative genius whose destiny was to write and be in front of the camera and it was only a matter of time before he made it big.
The media personality has been married to his college sweetheart Erin Manning since 1994 and their marriage which has lasted for more than two decades has produced three children, all daughters named Esther Kellerman, Sam Kellerman (named after Max’s late brother), and Mira Kellerman.
How Tall is He?
The popular commentator for boxing and sports television has a well-built body frame and a handsome face to go with it. He stands at 1.8 m (5 feet 7 inches) in height and has brown hair and blue eyes.