Dan Le Batard Wiki – Dan Le Batard Biography
Dan Le Batard born Daniel Thomas Le Batard is an American newspaper sportswriter, radio host, and television reporter based in Miami, Florida. He has also worked at ESPN, and for his hometown paper, the Miami Herald, for which he wrote from 1990 to 2016. He hosts a daily radio show with Jon Weiner that originates from WAXY in Miami and was carried nationally on ESPN Radio until the network and show parted ways in early 2021. At ESPN, he also hosted Highly Questionable, which aired daily and was originally titled Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable; Le Batard co-hosted the program with his father Gonzalo and revolving co-hosts. Additionally, he was a frequent contributor to several ESPN programs, serving as a regular replacement host for Pardon the Interruption. He started work at the Miami Herald in 1990 and is a columnist for its sports section. His first major work for The Herald was believed to be an investigation into his former college’s football team.
He is a frequent contributor to many programs on the ESPN television network. Among others, he is a recurring guest on Outside the Lines, The Sports Reporters, and College GameDay. He is also a regular guest host of Pardon the Interruption, where he has been christened “The Hateable Dan Le Batard” due to his sometimes controversial opinions, as well as his unorthodox attire. Hosting duties on PTI have allowed him the implementation of the catch-phrase “Bam!”, which he exclaims in various ways at the beginning of each show he guest hosts. In December 2020, he announced that he would be leaving ESPN, effective January 4, 2021.
He hosts a morning radio show on weekdays with Jon “Stugotz” Weiner on ESPN Radio. Le Batard is known for his self-deprecating humor, which carries over onto the show through running jokes. Le Batard grants very few interviews about his own life, but in a rare one he did with Aventura Business Monthly in Miami in March 2011, he revealed that Tony Kornheiser, who began a long-running radio career of his own in 1992 on Washington D.C.-based WTEM, strongly encouraged him to embark on a career in the same medium. That it will be more intimate, more fun. It’s not as lonely as writing. Writing is just you and a computer, and that it’s not communal in any way. Radio is much more intimate.” He prides himself on being the “uncomfortable” sports journalist. He often writes about controversial topics, especially race. Guests on his radio program may be asked questions ranging from the racial undertones of the Michael Vick case to the effect that race has on how players are drafted into the NBA. After writing a column for The Herald on the former topic, Le Batard was featured on Fox News’s Hannity & Colmes to discuss the issue and immediately called out the hosts for only inviting non-black people to speak on the subject. On September 3, 2015, it was announced that the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz would move to the 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. time slot left vacant by the departure of Colin Cowherd from ESPN to Fox Sports.
In September 2011, ESPN launched Dan Le Batard Is ¿Highly Questionable? on ESPN as part of the afternoon “Sports Talk Block.” The show originally featured Le Batard and his father, Gonzalo, whom he calls “Papi.” Bomani Jones later joined the show as a host in February 2013, accompanying Dan and “Papi” in discussing current sports news and event topics, and later leaving the show in June 2017. Le Batard made his final appearance on Highly Questionable on January 4, 2021. In early 2019, ESPN launched a podcast network called The Le Batard and Friends Podcast Network. The network includes original podcasts hosted by him and folks from his radio show companions, including Stugotz and the so-called Shipping Container Filled with Frightened Refugees. Other ESPN personalities that are now part of the LAF podcast network include Mina Kimes, Sarah Spain, and Marty Smith.
After his departure from ESPN on January 4, 2021, with friends independently founded their own podcast network funded by Le Batard. The team recruited former head of ESPN, John Skipper, to become the new network’s CEO. In January 2014, it was revealed that Le Batard was the member of the BBWAA who gave his baseball Hall of Fame vote away to sports news site Deadspin allowing them to use it as a public opinion poll. On January 9, 2014, the BBWAA imposed a one-year ban on Le Batard after learning that he did it because of his criticism over the BBWAA’s voting process of selecting baseball players, especially concerning players involved in performance-enhancing drugs scandals. Le Batard has spoken out against the “moralizing” of the voting. Le Batard was also forever stripped of his Hall of Fame voting privileges.
On August 7, 2014, Le Batard was suspended for two days from his duties at ESPN for allegedly taking out a billboard in Akron, Ohio which read “You’re Welcome, Lebron. Love, Miami” and pictured two NBA championship rings. The billboard referred to LeBron James’s departure from the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In October 2018 Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill suggested naming a baby hippo as part of a fundraiser. If the $10,000 goal could be met, the hippo would be named after Dan Le Batard. In December of 2018, it was announced that the baby hippo could not be named in honor of Dan Le Batard. Michael Ryan stated that Disney policy would not allow animals to be named after personalities. But on January 5th, 2021 — the day after his contract ended with ESPN — Zoo Miami officially announced the pygmy hippopotamus had been named Dan Le Batard. On July 18, 2019, on his radio show, he criticized President Trump’s “go back” to the “crime-infested places from which they came” tweets about four minority congresswomen and called ESPN’s policy of avoiding politics on its broadcasts “cowardly”.He then missed several days and several segments from his radio show over the course of the next week before eventually meeting with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro the following week.
Dan Le Batard Age
He was born on December 16, 1968 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States.
Dan Le Batard Wife
He is married to his wife, Valerie Scheide. They were wed in November 2019 at a ceremony in Miami.
Dan Le Batard Parents
He is the son of Gonzalo Le Batard,and Lourdes Le Batard his Cuban parents.