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Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956) is an American sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio. He hosts The Dan Patrick Show broadcast on radio on Premiere Radio Networks
Premiere Radio Networks
and on television on NBCSN
NBCSN
as well as the Audience Network
Audience Network
for DIRECTV subscribers. He also co-hosts NBC's Football Night in America and serves as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He worked at ESPN for 18 years, where he often anchored the weeknight and Sunday 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter.

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1 Early life 2 Before ESPN 3 Career at ESPN 4 Departure from ESPN/ABC

4.1 Reaction to Patrick's departure from ESPN/ABC 4.2 Last shows

5 New radio-TV show/Sports Illustrated 6 NBC
NBC
Sports 7 Sports Jeopardy! 8 Sportscasting school with Full Sail University 9 Personal life 10 Other appearances

10.1 Film and television 10.2 Music videos

11 References 12 External links

Early life[edit] Patrick was born in Zanesville, Ohio, and was raised in Mason, Ohio, about 30 minutes north of Cincinnati, one of six children of Patricia Joann (Miller) and John ("Jack") Ambrose Pugh.[1] He was a basketball player in high school at William Mason High School, where he scored a single-game personal best of 36 points and earned AP Class AA All-Ohio third-team honors. He graduated in 1974.[2][3] He attended Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University
on a basketball scholarship for two years before transferring to the University of Dayton, where he majored in communications. Patrick is also an alumnus of the Eta Hexaton Chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa
Phi Sigma Kappa
Fraternity at Dayton.[4] His father Jack worked in the computer science department at UD until he died of cancer in 1981 when Dan was 25.[5] Before ESPN[edit] Before working with ESPN, Patrick was known by his surname, "Dan Pugh", as an on-air personality with the album rock-formatted WVUD and then, WTUE in Dayton, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
(1979–1983). Patrick was then a sports reporter for CNN
CNN
(1983–89), where his assignments included the World Series, NBA Finals
NBA Finals
and Winter Olympics. From 1989–1995, Patrick did a daily sports segment for Bob and Brian, a syndicated Wisconsin-area morning show, and in the early 1990s, he did sports updates for the Columbus, Ohio, Rock Station WLVQ
WLVQ
and appeared on the morning show "Wags and Elliot."[6] Career at ESPN[edit] Patrick was an anchor on ESPN's SportsCenter
SportsCenter
(1989–2006). He also hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN
ESPN
Radio from September 13, 1999, to August 17, 2007. In the mid-1990s, Dan and Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann
were among ESPN's most recognizable faces. Olbermann used the catch phrase "Welcome to the Big Show" when Patrick worked with him on SportsCenter. After getting reprimanded by their superiors, they began saying "This is SportsCenter" sarcastically, accidentally spawning the show's new catch phrase as well as the name of their long-running promotional campaign. When Olbermann left, Patrick said, "This isn't the Big Show anymore."[7] Patrick stated on his radio program that the ABC sitcom Sports Night
Sports Night
was a semi-fictional account of the Olbermann/Patrick anchored SportsCenter, with Casey McCall (Peter Krause) representing Patrick. Starting on March 19, 2006, until the final game of the NBA Finals, he became the host of ABC's then-titled NBA Nation, a pregame show for the network's NBA telecasts. Departure from ESPN/ABC[edit] On July 9, 2007, Patrick on his radio show announced his departure from ESPN/ABC effective August 16, 2007, stating, "I am leaving ESPN August 17 to go out on my own and be a free agent...I think I was starting to take it (ESPN) for granted," Patrick said. He said ESPN tried to talk him out of it. If there were any animosity, he says, "I wouldn't be sticking around until August." Patrick remained off air from ESPN
ESPN
Radio until August 15 for his three farewell shows.[8] He was originally reported to be returning for a final week, but returned on Wednesday of that week. ESPN's statement released to the media said Patrick would be released from his contract August 31, 2007, exactly one year early from his deal that was to run until August 31, 2008. The statement also said this would be the final comment on Patrick's departure from ESPN. " ESPN
ESPN
contractually bans all employees from making specific announcements of their futures on their airwaves, but out of respect to Dan and all he's done for ESPN
ESPN
we allowed him an opportunity to end the speculation".[citation needed] Reaction to Patrick's departure from ESPN/ABC[edit] Reaction from media sources hit the internet by storm. Many webpages, blogs, and news media outlets speculated on the reasons for Patrick's departure and his possible future. On July 10, 2007's The Dan Patrick Show, Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann
and Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
himself put some of the rumors and comments to rest. Patrick confirmed he was asked by the producers of The Price Is Right to audition for the vacant host position, but he declined. The job eventually went to Drew Carey. Patrick admitted he was hurt when good friend, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
writer Rick Reilly
Rick Reilly
(who would move to ESPN) wrote, "Patrick was making one of the top 5 biggest career mistakes in entertainment history," ranking right under Shelley Long's leaving Cheers
Cheers
and Katie Couric's leaving NBC's Today show for the CBS Evening News. Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann
stated it was only a matter of time before a website erroneously reported Patrick was fired from ESPN, which was what happened in some reports when Olbermann left ESPN. Patrick again stated he was leaving on good terms with ESPN
ESPN
and he could return to ESPN
ESPN
if he should so choose. Patrick said he wanted to be on both television and radio again, although some newspapers reported he only wanted to do radio. On his new show, Patrick often relates anecdotes of his ESPN
ESPN
career, in both positive and negative lights. He often refers to his former employer as "The Mother Ship" (and less frequently, "ESPeon"), and expresses disappointment with their practice of preventing their talent from appearing as guests on his show, and frustration when an ESPN
ESPN
employee has agreed to come on the show only to cancel. Patrick is also often critical of current ESPN
ESPN
shows and personalities (such as SportsNation, SportsCenter, First Take and former ESPN
ESPN
host Colin Cowherd) for stealing content from his show. In September 2015, Patrick was a guest on the debut episode of SVP, a midnight (EST) version of ESPN's flagship show, SportsCenter, designed as a single-host format hosted by Scott Van Pelt. The SVP SportsCenter allows for some creative empowerment for Van Pelt. This empowerment was strategically evident when Van Pelt's first in-studio interview was Patrick.[citation needed] Last shows[edit] August 17, 2007, was Dan Patrick's last day on ESPN
ESPN
Radio. He named his final three shows the "Farewell for Now" tour. The last 20 minutes of his show were filled with thank-yous and looks back. Guests included Bob Costas, Bobby Knight, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ken Griffey, Jr. and other sports stars. Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell
also made a heavily promoted appearance in character as Ron Burgundy. New radio-TV show/Sports Illustrated[edit] Main article: The Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
Show Patrick signed a syndication deal with Chicago-based Content Factory, which launched his new version of The Dan Patrick Show on October 1, 2007. It was distributed nationally by Premiere Radio Networks. The show aired live on most stations from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern, although some delayed the show into the evening. The show ran delayed on Sirius XM Sports Nation on Sirius Radio channel 122 and XM Radio channel 143. It was also available as a live stream and in podcast form via Patrick's website. In January 2009, Dan Patrick's show replaced Out of Bounds with Craig Shemon and James Washington on Premiere Radio's Fox Sports Radio network. This brought an additional 60 affiliates to Patrick's portfolio, and brought the affiliate count to over 200. It also allows SiriusXM Radio listeners to hear the show live on the Fox Sports simulcast on channel 247. In August 2009, The Dan Patrick Show started being broadcast on The 101 Network, following a show of DIY Network
DIY Network
in which a toy-filled "man cave" studio was built in Milford, Connecticut. The radio-only show had been produced in the attic of Patrick's home. The Dan Patrick Show features "The Dannettes", who assist Dan with the show. The Dan Patrick Show became the first show to premiere on the Audience Network, DirecTV's rebranded version of The 101 Network
The 101 Network
on DirecTV channel 239 on June 1, 2011, where it currently airs. Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
also announced in October 2007 Patrick would become the magazine's senior writer. He would also contribute blogs to SI.com's "Fan Nation" and host the magazine's Sportsman of the Year show. SI collaborates with Content Factory to produce Patrick's web site, and helps stream his radio show. Patrick said he will produce non-television content exclusively for Sports Illustrated. The Dan Patrick Show began simulcasting on Root Sports
Root Sports
in October, 2010, and on NBC Sports
NBC Sports
Network in November 2012. NBC
NBC
Sports[edit]

Patrick (left) along with colleagues Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy
and Rodney Harrison
Rodney Harrison
at a NFL game in Denver in September, 2013.

On July 7, 2008, it was announced Patrick would join NBC Sports
NBC Sports
as a co-host of the third season of Football Night in America with former SportsCenter
SportsCenter
co-anchor Keith Olbermann
Keith Olbermann
every Sunday night beginning in September during the NFL season.[9] Patrick and Olbermann host a series of highlights on the show and a segment called "The Little Big Show" with the day's top NFL plays. "The Little Big Show" refers to Patrick and Olbermann's time at ESPN where they referred to the 11pm SportsCenter
SportsCenter
they hosted as "The Big Show." This name both annoyed the other hosts, who felt insulted, and management, who preferred them to call the show by the actual name. Frustrations mounted so high that management told them to just say, "This is SportsCenter." This phrase ironically became ESPN's major tagline for SportsCenter.[10] Patrick served as the Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII
trophy presenter after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, and again at Super Bowl XLVI after the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots. Patrick also contributed to the network's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics as a reporter for women's downhill skiing and snowboarding. He also hosted NBC's 2010 & 2011 Stanley Cup Finals
2011 Stanley Cup Finals
coverage. In 2012, NBC
NBC
named Patrick daytime co-host with Al Michaels
Al Michaels
for the London Olympics.[11] Patrick once again served as the trophy presenter at Super Bowl XLIX when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks. Sports Jeopardy![edit] On April 29, 2014, it was announced that Patrick would host Sports Jeopardy!, a sports-themed version of Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
shown on Crackle. The series debuted September 24, 2014, and featured special Canadian Alex Trebek reading out the Final Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
clue in the third episode. Its last episode aired on December 7, 2016. Sportscasting school with Full Sail University[edit] In late October 2017 it was announced that Patrick would be creating a Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
School of Sportscasting with Full Sail University, located in Florida.[12] Personal life[edit] Patrick met his wife, Susan (White), when he worked at CNN
CNN
and she was a producer of CNN's Inside Politics. They have three daughters and one son.[3] He received the University of Dayton
University of Dayton
Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997[13] and was inducted into the Mason High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.[14] Other appearances[edit] Film and television[edit] Patrick has made cameo appearances in many movies and TV shows, thanks in large part to his longtime friendship with actor Adam Sandler, a relationship for which he was deemed a "stooge" by David Letterman. Patrick also appeared in a Huddle House
Huddle House
commercial.

The Definite Maybe (1997) Arli$$
Arli$$
(1998) BASEketball
BASEketball
(1998) The Waterboy
The Waterboy
(1998) Clerks (Animated ABC program) (2000) Clone High
Clone High
(2002) The Longest Yard (2005) Benchwarmers
Benchwarmers
(2006) I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
(2007) The House Bunny
The House Bunny
(2008) Grown Ups (2010) Blue Mountain State
Blue Mountain State
(2011) Just Go With It
Just Go With It
(2011) Jack & Jill (2011) That's My Boy (2012) Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2
(2013) Blended (2014) The Ridiculous 6
The Ridiculous 6
(2015) The Do-Over
The Do-Over
(2016)

Music videos[edit] Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
has appeared twice in music videos:

The 1995 Hootie & the Blowfish song "Only Wanna Be With You." In the video, the group use their money to purchase several sports teams. Patrick said of the group, "Dare I say they're anything but 'en fuego'." He also uses another one of his famous catchphrases, "You can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him." In the 2002 Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley
song "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)", with the quote "Brad Paisley, dare I say, 'en fuego'."

References[edit]

^ "Daniel Patrick Pugh (b. 1956)". birth-records.mooseroots.com.  ^ " Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ a b Louderback, Jeff (2013-01-19). " Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
profile for Ohio Magazine". Jeff Louderback. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ "About Phi Sigma Kappa". Campus.udayton.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ "Stone Phillips, Eat Your Heart Out". Esquire. 1999-02-01. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ "Dan Patrick: Keynote Speaker on Motivation, Sports & Inspiration Endorsements Brooks International Speakers Bureau". Brooksinternational.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
Archived August 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "AOL.com - News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle". Sports.aol.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ Paul J. Gough (2008-07-07). "Olbermann, Patrick reunite for "Football Night"". Reuters.  ^ "Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN: James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales: 9780316043007: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ " NBC
NBC
SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCES HOSTS AND CORRESPONDENTS FOR LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES ON NBC". TV by the Numbers. April 26, 2012.  ^ " Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
behind new sportscasting program at Full Sail U". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 12 March 2018.  ^ " ESPN
ESPN
700 Dan Patrick". Espn.kall700sports.com. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-25.  ^ "Hall of Fame". GoMasonComets.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 

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