Many times when an ESPN personality leaves the network for a new opportunity it doesn’t go as planned. Dan Patrick is one of those talents whose post-ESPN career has arguably been even more successful than his time with the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
During the “Dan Patrick Show” on NBCSN, Patrick addressed the situation and confirmed he met with former ESPN president John Skipper shortly before Skipper resigned from his role on December 17, 2017 because of a substance addiction. Patrick’s current dual contract with NBC Sports and AT&T SportsNet is set to expire this month. Patrick said he hopes to return to NBC, but that doesn’t mean he won’t explore other opportunities.
According to Patrick, he was interested in ESPN adding his Sports Jeopardy show to their afternoon lineup. Patrick’s sports-themed version of Jeopardy produced three seasons starting in 2014 on Crackle, followed by NBCSN, having developed no new episodes since December 7, 2016.
“We had conversations with Dan and he has many fans in Bristol. But our radio lineup is strong and we aren’t looking to make a change,” VP of Corporate Communications Mike Soltys told Sporting News.
Patrick was one of ESPN’s most popular SportsCenter anchors, having left the network in 2007 after co-hosting “The Big Show” with Keith Olbermann. Michael McCarthy of Sporting News was told by sources that Skipper was interested in reuniting Patrick and Olbermann for the 6pm SportsCenter, which is currently hosted by Michael Smith after Jemele Hill’s departure.
Leaving ESPN and returning to the network is not an unprecedented move, with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Keith Olbermann and others going back. Patrick hasn’t completely avoided ESPN since 2007, in 2015 he joined Scott Van Pelt for the debut episode of SVP, he was also set to be a guest on Barstool Van Talk before the show was cancelled after just one episode.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
David Kaplan Leaving NBC Sports Chicago
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement.”
David Kaplan has announced he is departing NBC Sports Chicago. In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Kaplan said a new path opened that he couldn’t turn down.
“I was presented an opportunity that will allow me to spend a lot more time my wife, Mindy, our four sons, and their expanding families. This is far from a retirement. You’ll still be able to catch me weekday mornings with Jonathan Hood on the Kap and JHood morning show on ESPN 1000. It will also allow me to provide you with more engaging and outstanding content right here on YouTube.”
Kaplan, who will turn 62 this weekend, accepted a buyout offered by NBCUniversal. He has hosted several different shows for the network during his tenure.
“He’s made enormous contributions to our network, and his passion, opinions and love of Chicago’s teams have made him a beloved and respected figure, not just with fans but also his colleagues,” NBC Sports Chicago Vice President of Content John Schippman told The Chicago Sun-Times. “We wish him the best and look forward to seeing what’s next.”
December 30th will be his final day at NBC Sports Chicago. He called his time with the network “an amazing run”.
NASCAR Chasing Nearly $1 Billion Annual Rights Fee In Next TV Deal
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport.”
The current media rights deal for NASCAR with FOX Sports and NBC Sports doesn’t end until after the 2024 season, but the organization is currently plotting what it wants its next deal to look like, according to a report from Front Office Sports.
Currently, NASCAR makes $820 million per year from the two networks. In its new rights deal, it is expected to seek a deal in the neighborhood of $900-950 million range.
NASCAR plans to begin negotiating with its current media partners in the early months of 2023, but is currently happy with FOX and NBC.
“We work really closely together, both from a scheduling perspective, but also just in terms of how they monetize the sport. Whether that’s pushing more brands and advertisers to spend on Fox and NBC,” NASCAR Senior Vice President of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told FOS. “Fox had their third consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. NBC had their second consecutive year of ad revenue increases in 2022. So it’s working for them — both from a viewership and an ad revenue perspective.”
In February of this year, NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast that broadcast television “has to be a part” of the organization’s next television rights deal.
As its current media partners, FOX and NBC have exclusive negotiating windows with NASCAR.
NFL Sunday Ticket Negotiations With Apple ‘Have Gotten Silly’
“Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
A report from The Athletic details why the NFL has not announced a new partner for the NFL Sunday Ticket package. David Kaplan claims there have been continued hiccups in the negotiations, mentioning the bargaining has gotten sideways between the league and Apple.
“This negotiation has gotten silly. … Clearly, there’s a problem. I think it’s really clear Apple is learning things they didn’t know,” the anonymous NFL source told Kaplan. “What the conversation is, is Apple’s like, ‘OK, we can’t sell internationally. OK, that was important to us. And we can’t sell it exclusively against Fox and CBS. Well, OK. Well, that changes its value.’”
The report also details Amazon Prime and YouTube remain in the mix as potential suitors for the service, should talks with Apple and the league fall apart.
The NFL is looking for as much as $3.5 billion annually for rights to the service.