Dan Le Batard
|Dan Le Batard|
December 16, 1968 |
Jersey City, New Jersey
|Education||University of Miami|
|Employer||Miami Herald, 790 The Ticket, ESPN|
|Known for||sports radio host, sports television personality|
Dan Le Batard (born December 16, 1968) is a 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.
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.
Le Batard graduated from the University of Miami in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and politics.
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.
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."
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.
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.
On August 7, 2014, he was reportedly 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 apparently referred to Lebron James' departure from the Miami Heat and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On August 11, 2014 Dan Le Batard addressed his two day off air was not because the billboards but because he was going to fly a plane banner with the (You're Welcome) banter at the homecoming of Lebron Friday (August 9th) and do a live radio trasmit to mock the homecoming.
Baseball Hall of Fame controversy
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. 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. 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.
- "Dan Le Batard Q&A March 2011". Aventura Business Monthly. March 11, 2011.
- , News Hounds
- "ESPN to debut two new studio shows". 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
- "Dan Le Batard Trolls Lebron James and Cleveland Fans with Billboard in Akron". 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
- Dan Le Batard Revealed as Baseball HoF Voter Who Gave Deadspin His Ballot | Extra Mustard - SI.com
- Baseball Writers Association Revokes Dan Le Batard's Hall Of Fame Vote from All Access (January 9, 2014)
- Lipsyte, Robert (January 17, 2014). "Lessons learned from Dan Le Batard caper". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2014.
- Archive of Le Batard's column at The Miami Herald.
- Show site from 790theticket.com.
- Dan Le Batard Magazine Profile.
- Show site on MySpace.com.