Dan Le Batard

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Dan Le Batard
Born (1968-12-16) December 16, 1968 (age 45)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Residence Miami, Florida
Education University of Miami
Employer Miami Herald, 790 The Ticket, ESPN
Known for Sports journalist, sports radio host, sports television personality

Dan Le Batard (born December 16, 1968) is an American newspaper sportswriter, radio host, and television reporter based out of Miami, Florida. He is best known for his work for his hometown paper, the Miami Herald, for whom he has worked since 1990. Since 2004, he has also hosted his own radio show, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, on ESPN Radio. He is a frequent contributor to several ESPN programs, serving as a regular replacement host for Pardon the Interruption when one of the regular hosts is out. In 2011, he began hosting the ESPN2 show Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable with his father, Gonzalo Le Batard.

Personal life[edit]

Dan Le Batard was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His Cuban-immigrant parents, Gonzalo and Lourdes, moved the family to Central Islip, New York, before settling in Miramar, Florida. Dan's brother is Miami-based artist, David Le Batard, professionally known as LEBO.[1]

Early career[edit]

Le Batard graduated from the University of Miami in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and politics.[2]

Miami Herald[edit]

Le Batard began work at the Miami Herald in 1990 and is a columnist for its sports section. His first major work for The Herald was to investigate his former college's football team, breaking the Miami Hurricanes Football Team Pell Grant scandal. Le Batard has also written for a number of magazines including Cosmopolitan, Maxim, and ESPN The Magazine.[citation needed]

Radio show[edit]

In addition to his work for the Miami Herald, Le Batard hosts an afternoon radio show 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, telling him: "It will link [you] to [your] community in a different way [than newspapers]. 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."[3]

Le Batard 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.[4]

ESPN[edit]

Le Batard 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 (and usually contrarian) opinions, as well as his unorthodox attire. Hosting duties on PTI have allowed Le Batard the implementation of the catch-phrase "Bam!", which he exclaims in various ways at the beginning of each show he guest hosts. Le Batard has a joking rivalry with PTI stat boy Tony Reali.

In 2011, he got his own ESPN show. The show, called "Dan Le Batard Is ¿Highly Questionable?" (renamed to just "Highly Questionable" in 2013), airs on ESPN2 as part of the afternoon "Sports Talk Block", and features Le Batard, his father Gonzalo "the greatest man to ever live" (whom he calls "Papi"), and Bomani Jones discussing current sports topics.[5]

Baseball Hall of Fame controversy[edit]

In 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.[6] 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 drug 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.[7] His ESPN colleagues were mixed in their reactions, which ranged from support to condemnation, with some wondering why Le Batard did not use ESPN.com to conduct the vote. LeBatard regretted not delaying the revelation of his involvement with the vote, as it deflected attention away from the announced inductees. He also said he "had a blind spot" about the level his colleagues were hurt by Deadspin's involvement.[8]

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