LeBatard & ESPN parting ways (1 Viewer)

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I thought everyone was tired of constant talking heads. I guess not. I can do without all the talk shows. Maybe it’s just me...
ESPN 3 and ESPN + has sports and the odd sports. I do to recall waking up to Korean baseball.on ESPN. I also wake up to F1 racing on Sundays which I have enjoyed. The F1 announcers are much better than the NASCAR announcers.
 

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Liked him a lot highly questionable and PTI are the only sports shows I watch

Read that highly questionable will continue

I wonder if Bomani and Dominique will take over as permanent hosts with rotating third guest
 

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Liked him a lot highly questionable and PTI are the only sports shows I watch

Read that highly questionable will continue

I wonder if Bomani and Dominique will take over as permanent hosts with rotating third guest
They have to right? But does Papi stay on?ED925476-8BC9-43DD-9147-A8CAF9E3DBAA.jpegADE5B95A-8611-4925-A5A6-743B27717DD0.jpeg
 

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ESPN Radio lineup is absolute garbage...I generally have it on in the background when at the desk during the day. Morning show is awful (Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin). LeBatard was a respite before being subjected to Greeny and then Kellerman. Both are terrible. Cheney and Golic Jr have no chemistry, nor do Spain and Fitz (Sarah is decent; Jason is awful). In any case, I wish Dan and the "shipping container" well. Will attempt to follow them to wherever they end up. I realize that Dan has always been loyal to his crew, but he really needs to dump Weiner/Stugotz.
 
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ESPN Radio lineup is absolute garbage...I generally have it on in the background when at the desk during the day. Morning show is awful (Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin). LeBatard was a respite before being subjected to Greeny and then Kellerman. Both are terrible. Cheney and Golic Jr have no chemistry, nor do Spain and Fitz (Sarah is decent; Jason is awful). In any case, I wish Dan and the "shipping container" well. Will attempt to follow them to wherever they end up. I realize that Dan has always been loyal to his crew, but he really needs to dump Weiner/Stugotz.
The good stuff is Dan’s first hour (the local hour). He has/had more liberties with the Miami crowd.
 

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I know he's clashed with espn corporate before even getting suspended a time or two
 

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I know he's clashed with espn corporate before even getting suspended a time or two
Yeah he got in trouble for this a couple of years ago,

 

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Loyal LeBetard listener/viewer; can't say I saw this coming, but it was certainly in the works. Don't always agree with the position he takes, but I appreciate his passion.

Yeah, the show is quirky, takes a little getting used to and such, but he always tended to push the envelope a bit. Completely enjoyed how he railed against the ESPN "machine".

I wish him well and will follow him; wherever he ends up. Stugotz/Weiner can go. Hope that Mike, Roy, Guillermo and Chris can land on their feet. Chris had been laid off a few weeks ago, but Dan kept him on and paid him out of his own pocket.
It wasn't so much that his show was quirky, the few times I watched bits and pieces of his show's segments, I realized it came across as odd but also sort of silly and hate to say this, a bit stupid and juvenile. A grown up professional sports journalist using his variety cable sports series as almost amateurish, late teens sort of behavior. A lot of silly antics and stunts, but rarely anything of substance that kept me enthralled long enough until he decided to get serious.

Now, when he wasn't hosting Highly Questionable and speaking for himself on topics like how dominant, nasty and aggressive Miami Hurricanes teams from 80s-early 2000's, or explaining how effective and deadly Dan Marino's passing really was and how Dolphins FO and Don Shula became so one-dimensional as a result by early 90s, you saw that edgy, raw, yet accurate on-the-street sort of persona he had.

. He remarked in the ESPN 30 for 30 docu-series Catholics vs. Convicts, that the Miami Hurricanes of the mid-late 1980s were the sort of team that "would tell you before the game they'd kick your arse, then they would kick your arse, and then afterwards, brag to you about the kicking of your arse." I know enough about his background growing up in Miami, watching Shula's great Dolphins teams and then how the arrival and impact of Dan Marino totally revolutionized how NFL passing offenses operated and how as a University of Miami graduate, he saw, witnessed and cheared on a lot of those great, intimidating Hurricanes teams under Jimmy Johnson in mid-late 80s and even early 1990s. He's often said that if Miami doesn't win that 31-30 legendary upset over heavily-favored Nebraska in 1984 Orange Bowl, what the American public, popular culture and society would know about the "The U" never happens.
(Quite a few fans from other NCAAF teams have said, even a few Hurricanes fans, have told me over the years that Miami fans should be thankful Osbourne was the kind of HC who believed in winning the MNC by going for it, because there not totally sure that if they'd been in his shoes under similar circumstances, they wouldn't had settled for the tie and let the pollsters figure it out afterwards.) I mean, what in the hell did Tom Osbourne owe Miami to sacrifice his winning streak and # 1 standing and try and all-or-nothing feast or famine 2-point conversion?
 
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The good stuff is Dan’s first hour (the local hour). He has/had more liberties with the Miami crowd.
Also, knowing how diverse and multi-faceted his large audience base is listening into him from Miami and south Florida, they tend to be a lot more open-minded, tolerant and receptive to some of his takes on NFL, MLB, NCAAF, or NBA as well as important socio-political events like Black Lives Matter movement that exploded more into mainstream due to police misconduct, brutality, and systemic racism this summer and over the past 5-6 years gradually. Also, I suspect he can be more himself and not some, silly, forced over-the-top corporate charactiture of himself some viewers nationwide perceive him as.
 

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Sports talk radio is mostly garbage these days. Even local stuff here in the Philly market. You wake up one morning and this guy or that guy is gone without much explanation. One of the more popular drive time hosts here has let his show turn into political crap with occasional sports. I can't listen anymore.
 

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