Former ESPN star Dan Le Batard sent a message of support to Pat McAfee as the former NFL punter turned radio host announced his popular show would be moving to the network from FanDuel on Tuesday.
Le Batard, along with his band of co-hosts and producers, departed from ESPN in 2021 in search of more creative waters and still remains one of the best sports podcasts on the scene. Le Batard co-founded Meadowlark Media with former ESPN boss John Skipper, who serves as CEO.
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Meadowlark Media has made a host of eye-catching hires since its formation, including Mike Schur as creative consultant, Pablo Torre and former Miami Marlins team president David Samson to join its podcast network, among others, and relaunched his show live on YouTube.
Le Batard warned McAfee that now that he’s moving to ESPN full-time, don’t let the network change him.
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«Giant heartfelt congratulations to @PatMcAfeeShow. Don’t let anyone change you Pat. Or how you dress. Or how you cuss. Or how you succeed. Or how you do it. Or how you do your show. You’ve done the hardest.» thing, your way. You have built a beast. Don’t let anyone tame her,» she wrote.
McAfee is coming off a four-year contract with FanDuel that is reportedly worth $120 million. He joined ESPN as a college football analyst for its Thursday night games in 2019 and returned to the network last year as part of its «College Gameday» team. He was also a co-host on some of his alternative football broadcasts.
«The Pat McAfee» show, which previously aired on YouTube, will move to ESPN, the ESPN YouTube channel and ESPN+ as part of the network’s late-afternoon lineup in the fall.
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«We’re not going to change anything,» McAfee said. «Any other word is good to go on… We won’t do that because it’s the middle of the day, but everything else will be fine.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.