Is Ernestine Sclafani Skip Bayless’s wife? 

Is Ernestine Sclafani Skip Bayless’s wife? 

If you are a sports fan, then you must have heard of Skip Bayless, the popular sports columnist, commentator, and television host. 

Known for his loud voice and seemingly controversial takes on sports discourse, Skip Bayless is one of the biggest sports commentators in the United States. 

He worked with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN2 show First Take and Cold Pizza from 2004-2016 before starting his show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe in 2016. 

Ernestine Sclafani

Skip Bayless and sports are inseparable as it forms a big part of his personality and his impressive net worth is a reflection of his longevity in the industry. 

The opening paragraphs might make you wonder if he has a life outside of sports or when he is not on set. Well, he does have a life outside of sport and he is married in case you are wondering. 

So who is Skip Bayless married to? Ernestine Sclafani is Skip Bayless’s wife. She is the woman he spends his time with when he is not on television analyzing, commentating, or giving his regular scorching takes on sports topics. 

Ernestine Sclafani is not a sports personality like her husband instead, she is a media and public relations expert. She was working for a PR Agency when she met her husband and what led to their first meeting is rather awkward. We will talk about that much later as we take a look at her background, education, career and relationship. 

Background and Education 

Ernestine Sclafani was born in 1962 and she is a native of Long Island, New York, USA. There is little or no information as regards immediate family or early life. 

She had her education at Suffolk Community College and graduated in 1986. 


What she did and where she worked immediately after school remains unknown but in 1990 she got a job at a company known as Ball of Switzerland for the next 10 years where she became the Director of Public Relations before she left in 2000. 

She also worked as the Vice President of Public Relations firm, Webber Shandwick for a while. These days, Ernestine Sclafani is popular for being the wife of Skip Bayless rather than her work or projects she is working on. 

How Ernestine Sclafani and Skip Bayless met 

Ernestine Scalafani’s client got invited to the set of Cold Pizza, a show co-hosted by Skip Bayless, the man who would later be her husband and while she was in the “Greenroom”, Skipp Bayless rushed into the room where she was seated during a commercial break to pick up a note he had earlier forgot to pick up. 

According to her book, “BALLS: How to Keep Your Relationship Alive When You Live with a Sports-Obsessed Guy, she said he gave him a friendly look and the conversation started from that moment: 

He literally ran past the door of the green room, where we caught each other’s eyes,” Ernestine wrote, via Yahoo! Sports. “I guess I gave him a look of familiarity because he stopped and said, ‘Do I know you?’ …He later confided that he wasn’t sure what to say—he gets possessed during his show, just lost in how to win the next live TV debate. So now neither of us was thinking clearly.”

In response, Skip Bayless described their meeting as “Love at first spark” 

I left my notes for our final segment in my dressing room. I had never done that, and I haven’t done that since.”

 “As I literally ran down the hall during a commercial break, I glanced sideways into the green room and caught the gaze of a woman I’d never seen before… We chatted awkwardly for maybe 45 seconds, and she gave me her card. You might call it love at the first spark. There was just something startling to me about the way we instantly clicked.” 


Ernestine Sclafani and Skip Bayless dated for 11 years before they tied the knot in 2006. During those eleven years, they were engaged for six years. The duo spent their weekends together due to Bayless’s busy schedule during the week. 

One can deduce that Sclafani really loved Bayless even though the sports aficionado once told her that he is in love with sports and that he is married to his job: 

“I told her I’m married to my job, I always have been. I had this weird feeling this could go somewhere. I told her, ‘If it ever does, you’ll always be 1A to my job.’ She hates me telling that story, but it is God’s truth. At least I divulged myself upfront which I think she grudgingly appreciated.”

The couple has no child yet as of 2021 but they look happy together and they have managed to stay off controversy. 

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