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
NBCSN as well as the
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.
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
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
12 External links
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. 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.
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. His
father Jack worked in the computer science department at UD until he
died of cancer in 1981 when Dan was 25.
Before working with ESPN, Patrick was known by his surname, "Dan
Pugh", as an on-air personality with the album rock-formatted
Dayton, Ohio (1979–1983). Patrick was then a sports
CNN (1983–89), where his assignments included the World
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 and appeared on the morning show
"Wags and Elliot."
Career at ESPN
Patrick was an anchor on ESPN's
SportsCenter (1989–2006). He also
The Dan Patrick Show on
ESPN Radio from September 13, 1999, to
August 17, 2007.
In the mid-1990s, Dan and
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." Patrick stated on his radio program that the ABC sitcom
Sports Night was a semi-fictional account of the Olbermann/Patrick
anchored SportsCenter, with Casey McCall (Peter Krause) representing
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
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 Radio until August 15 for his three
farewell shows. 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 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 we allowed him an opportunity to end
the speculation".
Reaction to Patrick's departure from ESPN/ABC
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
Keith Olbermann and
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
Sports Illustrated writer
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 and Katie Couric's leaving NBC's Today show for the CBS Evening
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 and he could return to
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
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 employee has agreed to come on the show only to cancel.
Patrick is also often critical of current
ESPN shows and personalities
(such as SportsNation, SportsCenter, First Take and former
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.
August 17, 2007, was Dan Patrick's last day on
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 also made a heavily
promoted appearance in character as Ron Burgundy.
New radio-TV show/Sports Illustrated
Main article: The
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
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 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 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 in October, 2010, and
NBC Sports Network in November 2012.
Patrick (left) along with colleagues
Tony Dungy and
Rodney Harrison at
a NFL game in Denver in September, 2013.
On July 7, 2008, it was announced Patrick would join
NBC Sports as a
co-host of the third season of
Football Night in America with former
Keith Olbermann every Sunday night beginning in
September during the NFL season. 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 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.
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
NBC named Patrick daytime co-host with
Al Michaels for the
Patrick once again served as the trophy presenter at Super Bowl XLIX
when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.
On April 29, 2014, it was announced that Patrick would host Sports
Jeopardy!, a sports-themed version of
Jeopardy! shown on Crackle. The
series debuted September 24, 2014, and featured special Canadian Alex
Trebek reading out the Final
Jeopardy! clue in the third episode. Its
last episode aired on December 7, 2016.
Sportscasting school with Full Sail University
In late October 2017 it was announced that Patrick would be creating a
Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting with Full Sail University, located
Patrick met his wife, Susan (White), when he worked at
CNN and she was
a producer of CNN's Inside Politics. They have three daughters and one
He received the
University of Dayton
University of Dayton Distinguished Alumni Award in
1997 and was inducted into the Mason High School Athletic Hall of
Fame in 2000.
Film and television
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 commercial.
The Definite Maybe (1997)
The Waterboy (1998)
Clerks (Animated ABC program) (2000)
Clone High (2002)
The Longest Yard (2005)
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)
The Ridiculous 6
The Ridiculous 6 (2015)
The Do-Over (2016)
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 song "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)",
with the quote "Brad Paisley, dare I say, 'en fuego'."
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