Le Batard And Weiner Ink New Deals With ESPN

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Two of ESPN’s most beloved figures will officially remain at the network after finalizing new deals this week.

Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner signed new deals with ESPN this week that will keep the pair with the worldwide leader in sports for the foreseeable future.  Precise terms of the deal were not announced, though the new deal will see the pair taking on some new duties.

Along with co-hosting duties on The Dan Le Batard Show, Dan Le Batard will continue to co-host Highly Questionable with his father, Gonazlo “Papi” Le Batard.  Weiner will make appearances on ESPN’s flagship sports news program SportsCenter as per his new contract.  He will also continue guesting and hosting other programs on ESPN Radio.

The co-hosts of The Dan Le Batard show, which airs daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on ESPN Radio (and simulcasts on ESPNEWS), were both upbeat as they talked about their new contracts.

“ESPN has given us ridiculous freedom to have fun, and made us more popular than we deserve,” Le Batard said.  “A whole lot of people have supported our nonsense in a way that isn’t always easy to support, but easy to grow.  As an added bonus — and we’re especially thankful for this — they also pay us.”

Weiner shared a sense of that nonsense as he jokingly said he wished the contracts were more extensive.

“I was hoping for the lifetime contract, to be honest,” Weiner said.  “I’m a little disappointed. Maybe next time.”

ESPN Senior Vice President of Audio and Talent, Traug Keller, was anticipating the pair’s continued presence at ESPN just as much as the duo itself.

“Dan and Stugotz have a chemistry and a viewpoint that is among the most unique in the business,” Keller said.  “They take what they do seriously, but not themselves, which bonds them with a growing group of loyal listeners.  Dan’s sensibilities and intelligence combine with Stugotz’s incredible lack of either quality is a winning combination.  I look forward to the stress of having to listen to the show in the years to come.”

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The Dan LeBatard Show Premieres September 30th On ESPN Radio

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The countdown is on.  The Dan LeBatard Show premieres next Monday on as part of ESPN Radio’s new Fall lineup.  LeBatard’s show will premiere Monday afternoon at 4pm on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country.  The daily three-hour sports talk program will cover all of the major sports issues of the day.  His current local Miami-based show will continue to be heard each day at 3pm ET.  He will also continue to host ESPN2’s Highly Questionable.  Along with himself and co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, a series of rotating guest hosts will make appearances on the show.  That list of guests hosts includes Bomani Jones and Greg Cote.  They will appear on the show to share with LeBatard and Weiner their own experience in relation to the hot button sports issues.

LeBatard recently sat down to discuss expectations for his new show.  He was upbeat and just as funny as ever in his thoughts, noting, “I am very excited to take our show to a national audience for the two days before the suits come after us.”  Along with being broadcast across the country on ESPN Radio, The Dan LeBatard show will also be available online at ESPNRadio.com and via the ESPN Radio app.  Audiences with Sirius satellite radio can pick up the show at Sirius Channel 84.

ESPN Radio’s newly revamped late afternoon/evening lineup includes not just the new Dan LeBatard show.  It also includes Sedano & Stink at 7pm and The Freddie Coleman Show at 10pm.  Sedano & Stink is hosted by Jorge Sedano and Mark Schlereth.

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