Losing Dan Le Batard Show is a Huge Blow to ESPN Radio
For months, it has been rumored that Dan Le Batard's days at ESPN were numbered. Today, it became official when ESPN announced that January 4th will be he final day for Le Batard at the network. The first Monday in 2021 will be his final show on ESPN Radio as well as his last episode of Highly Questionable, although the program will stay on ESPN.
In the official ESPN press release, Le Batard said, "Gracias to ESPN for unleashing Papi and Stugotz upon an unsuspecting America, and for lending its substantive credibility to our careening clown car. Can't believe Stugotz finally achieved his dream of becoming a high-priced free agent."
I have always enjoyed the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz since we began airing the program on 600 ESPN El Paso in 2013. There are very few sports radio shows that can successfully incorporate a comedy aspect into their program and still keep the show wildly entertaining. Dan Le Batard was the first to do so and he did it the best. He never took himself or the show seriously, part of the reason it has resonated with so many people over the years. Now, he will have an opportunity to continue to deliver his show on another network, whether he does something similar like Dan Patrick or he expands his already successful podcast.
As for ESPN Radio's new lineup, they will move Mike Greenberg up to 10 a.m. each morning and add former NFL linebacker Bart Scott to their daily mix.
600 ESPN Radio weekday schedule (as of Jan. 5)
Time (MT) Show/Host(s)
4 a.m. Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Zubin Mehenti
8 a.m. Greeny with host Mike Greenberg
10 a.m. Bart & Hahn with Bart Scott and Alan Hahn
12 p.m. The Max Kellerman Show** with host Max Kellerman
2 p.m. Chiney and Golic Jr. with Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr.
4 p.m. SportsTalk with Steve Kaplowitz and Adrian Broaddus
7 p.m. Freddie and Fitzsimmons with Freddie Coleman and Ian Fitzsimmons