Dan Patrick

Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1956), known expertly as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster, radio identity, and actor from Mason, Ohio. He hosts The Dan Patrick Show broadcast on radio on Premiere Radio Networks and spilling and on TV on Bleacher Report as well as the Audience Network for DIRECTV subscribers. He co-hosted NBC’s Football Night in America and fills in as a senior author for Sports Illustrated. He worked at ESPN for 18 years, where he regularly secured the weeknight and Sunday 11 p.m. version of SportsCenter.

Early life

Patrick was conceived in Zanesville, Ohio, and was raised in Mason, Ohio, around 30 minutes north of Cincinnati, one of six offspring of Patricia Joann (Miller) and John (“Jack”) Ambrose Pugh. He was a basketball player in secondary school at William Mason High School, where he scored a solitary amusement individual best of 36 points and earned AP Class AA All-Ohio third-group respects. He graduated in 1974.

Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick

He attended Eastern Kentucky University on a ball grant for a long time before exchanging to the University of Dayton, where he studied correspondences. Patrick is a former student of the Eta Hexaton Chapter of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at Dayton. His father Jack worked in the software engineering division at UD until he passed on of malignant growth in 1981 when Dan was 25.


Before working with ESPN, Patrick was known by his surname, “Dan Pugh”, as an on-air identity with the collection shake formatted WVUD and then, WTUE in Dayton, Ohio (1979– 1983). Patrick was then a games journalist for CNN (1983– 89), where his assignments included the World Series, NBA Finals and Winter Olympics. From 1989– 1995, Patrick completed a day by day sports portion for Bob and Brian, a syndicated Wisconsin-territory morning appear, and in the mid 1990s, he did sports refreshes for the Columbus, Ohio, Rock Station WLVQ and showed up on the morning show “Sways and Elliot.”


Patrick was a stay on ESPN’s SportsCenter (1989– 2006). He likewise hosted 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 conspicuous countenances. Olbermann utilized the catch phrase “Welcome to the Big Show” when Patrick worked with him on SportsCenter.

Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick

In the wake of getting upbraided by their bosses, they started saying “This is SportsCenter” snidely, coincidentally bringing forth the show’s new catchphrase just as the name of their long-running limited time crusade. At the point when Olbermann left, Patrick stated, “This isn’t the Big Show anymore.” Patrick expressed on his radio program that the ABC sitcom Sports Night was a semi-anecdotal record of the Olbermann/Patrick anchored SportsCenter, with Casey McCall (Peter Krause) speaking to Patrick.

Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick

Beginning on March 19, 2006, until the last round of the NBA Finals, he turned into the host of ABC’s then-titled NBA Nation, a pregame appear for the network’s NBAtelecasts.

On July 9, 2007, Patrick on his radio show declared his takeoff from ESPN/ABC effective August 16, 2007, expressing, “I am leaving ESPN August 17 to go out without anyone else and be a free agent…I think I was beginning to underestimate it (ESPN,” Patrick said. He said ESPN endeavored to work him out of it. In the event that there were any hostility, he says, “I wouldn’t stick around until August.”

Patrick stayed off air from ESPN Radio until August 15 for his three goodbye shows.[8] He was initially answered to return for a last week, however returned on Wednesday of that week.

ESPN’s announcement discharged to the media said Patrick would be discharged from his agreement August 31, 2007, precisely one year right on time from his arrangement that was to keep running until August 31, 2008. The announcement likewise said this would be the last remark on Patrick’s takeoff from ESPN. “ESPN legally bans all representatives from making explicit declarations of their prospects on their wireless transmissions, however out of regard to Dan and all he’s accomplished for ESPN we permitted him a chance to end the speculation”.

Response to Patrick’s takeoff from ESPN/ABC

Response from media sources hit the web by tempest. Numerous site pages, online journals, and news sources guessed on the explanations behind Patrick’s flight and his conceivable future. On July 10, 2007’s The Dan Patrick Show, Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick himself put a portion of the gossipy tidbits and remarks to rest.

Patrick affirmed he was asked by the makers of The Price Is Right to tryout for the empty host position, however he declined. The activity in the end went to Drew Carey. Patrick conceded he was harmed when great friend, Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly (who would move to ESPN) expressed, “Patrick was making one of the best 5 greatest vocation botches in amusement history,” positioning right under Shelley Long’s leaving Cheers and Katie Couric’s leaving NBC’s Today show for the CBS Evening News.

Keith Olbermann expressed it wouldn’t have been long until a site incorrectly detailed Patrick was terminated from ESPN, which was what occurred in certain reports when Olbermann left ESPN. Patrick again expressed he was leaving on great terms with ESPN and he could come back to ESPN on the off chance that he ought to so pick. Patrick said he needed to be on both TV and radio once more, albeit a few papers detailed he just needed to do radio.

On his new show, Patrick regularly relates accounts of his ESPN profession, in both positive and negative lights. He regularly alludes to his previous business as “The Mother Ship” (and less every now and again, “ESPeon”), and communicates disillusionment with their routine with regards to keeping their ability from showing up as visitors on his show, and disappointment when an ESPN worker has consented to gone ahead the show just to drop.

Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick

Patrick is frequently reproachful of current ESPN shows and identities (such as SportsNation, SportsCenter, First Take and previous ESPN host Colin Cowherd) for taking substance from his show.

In September 2015, Patrick was a visitor on the introduction scene of SVP, a midnight (EST) rendition of ESPN’s lead appear, SportsCenter, planned as a solitary host group facilitated by Scott Van Pelt. The SVP SportsCenter considers some imaginative strengthening for Van Pelt. This strengthening was deliberately obvious when Van Pelt’s first in-studio meet was Patrick.

August 17, 2007, was Dan Patrick’s last day on ESPN Radio. He named his last three demonstrates the “Goodbye until further notice” visit. The most recent 20 minutes of his show were loaded up with expressions of gratitude and thinks back. Visitors included Bob Costas, Bobby Knight, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ken Griffey, Jr. and different games stars. Will Ferrellalso showed up in character as Ron Burgundy.

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Primary article: The Dan Patrick Show

Patrick marked a syndication manage Chicago-based Content Factory, which propelled his new form of The Dan Patrick Show on October 1, 2007. It was circulated broadly by Premiere Radio Networks. The show publicized live on most stations from 9 a.m. to early afternoon Eastern, albeit some deferred the show into the night. The show ran postponed on Sirius XM Sports Nation on Sirius Radio channel 122 and XM Radio channel 143. It was likewise accessible as a live stream and in digital broadcast structure by means of Patrick’s site.

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 conveyed an extra 60 members to Patrick’s portfolio, and brought the partner tally to more than 200. It additionally permits SiriusXM Radio audience members to hear the show live on the Fox Sports simulcast on channel 247.

In August 2009, The Dan Patrick Show started being communicated on The 101 Network, following a show of DIY Network in which a toy-filled “man cavern” studio was worked in Milford, Connecticut. The radio-just show had been delivered in the loft of Patrick’s home. The Dan Patrick Show includes “The Dannettes”, who help Dan with the show. The Dan Patrick Show turned into the primary show to debut on the Audience Network, DirecTV’s rebranded form of The 101 Network on DirecTV channel 239 on June 1, 2011, where it as of now pretense.

Sports Illustrated announced in October 2007 Patrick would turn into the magazine’s senior essayist. He would likewise contribute web journals to SI.com’s “Fan Nation” and host the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year show. SI collaborates with Content Factory to deliver Patrick’s site, and helps stream his radio show. Patrick said he will create non-TV content only for Sports Illustrated. The Dan Patrick Show began simulcasting on Root Sports in October 2010, and on NBC Sports Network in November 2012.

NBC Sports

Patrick (left) alongside associates Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison at a NFL amusement in Denver in September 2013.

On July 7, 2008, it was declared Patrick would join NBC Sports as a co-host of the third season of Football Night in America with former SportsCenter co-stay Keith Olbermann each Sunday night starting in September amid the NFL season. Patrick and Olbermann have a progression of features on the show and a fragment called “The Little Big Show” with the day’s top NFL plays.

“The Little Big Show” alludes to Patrick and Olbermann’s time at ESPN where they alluded to the 11pm SportsCenterthey facilitated as “The Big Show.” This name both irritated different hosts, who felt offended, and the executives, who favored them to call the show by the genuine name. Disappointments mounted so high that administration guided them to simply say, “This is SportsCenter.” This expression incidentally turned into ESPN’s major slogan for SportsCenter.