Paul Finebaum’s compensation for new book about Nick Saban’s relationship with Kirby Smart and Jimbo Fisher revealed, report

Paul Finebaum hasn’t written a book since his book, “My Lecture Is Better Than Your Lecture: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football” became a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

That’s about to change, as the longtime radio and TV personality has been announced as writing new work with Alabama sportswriter John Talty about Nick Saban and the legendary relationship of head coach with 2 of his mentees, Kirby Smart and Jimbo Fisher.

That relationship came to the fore over the past half as Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs defeated Saban’s Crimson Tide in January’s College Football Playoff National Championship game for Georgia’s first title since 1980, while ‘In May, Saban and Fisher were embroiled in a dispute over the former’s accusation that the latter took advantage of NIL offers to buy players for Texas A&M’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2022.

According to Sports Business Journal’s Michael Smith, Finebaum received an advance of $700,000 to write the book for publisher Penguin Press, not including royalties from book sales after its scheduled publication in 2023.

Knowing the overwhelming interest in the SEC nationwide — even before Oklahoma and Texas were announced to join the conference by 2025 — it’s not out of the question that Finebaum’s book is a major seller once released.

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