Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable, the new studio show hosted by sportswriter and Miami radio host Dan Le Batard, will premiere on Monday, September 12th. The 30-minute program, from the creators of Pardon the Interruption (PTI), will air weekday afternoons at 4 p.m. ET as part of ESPN2’s revamped afternoon lineup.
The Cuban-American Le Batard, who viewers may know as a frequent guest host on PTI, is known for being a witty contrarian with a distinctive voice among sports media personalities. Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable is formatted to showcase Le Batard’s “questionable” approach to sports commentary highlighting his thoughtful, humorous, and sometimes thoroughly misguided perspective on the world of professional sports.
In another highly questionable move, the show will feature Le Batard’s 72-year-old Cuban father, Gonzalo Le Batard, to collect and give voice to the most compelling sports questions of the day, bicker a bit, and generally seem rather unimpressed with his son’s take on things. The show will frame itself around a series of questions about the most topical stories and sports figures of the day combined with hypothetical questions that prompt speculative but engaging answers and debates. Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable will also feature prominent guest figures from around the world of sports and will encourage viewer input via digital and social media.
“We have worked closely with Dan and the show’s producer Erik Rydholm to make sure the program captures Dan’s distinct personality and his ability to connect with sports fans across platforms, as he has demonstrated with his newspaper column and radio show,” said Marcia Keegan, VP of Production at ESPN. “Given the popularity of our afternoon lineup of discussion and debate shows, we know that our audience is drawn to accessible and engaging personalities so we expect Dan’s smart yet irreverent take on sports combined with the often diverting and occasionally thoroughly pointless interaction with his father to make for an oddly compelling program. If nothing else, don’t say we never take chances.”
Le Batard is currently a columnist for the Miami Herald where he began his career in 1990 after graduating from the University of Miami. Additionally, Le Batard is the host of the “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” on WAXY-AM in Miami.
Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable: No Subtitle Needed
Posted Sep 10, 2011 @ 9:54 AM
Posted Sep 10, 2011 @ 2:57 PM
It is bad enough that Sunday NFL Countdown is expanding from two hours to three hours. Chris Berman's act is getting old, I don't think I can sit there and watch three hours of that.
How about showing more sports and less talking?
Edited by bumblehare74, Sep 10, 2011 @ 3:03 PM.
Posted Sep 12, 2011 @ 1:30 PM
If he's on the show to argue with his son and hopefully do some namecalling as well I see him quickly becoming a fan favorite.
One LeBatard on ESPN on a regular basis is one too many
Posted Sep 12, 2011 @ 3:40 PM
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Posted Sep 13, 2011 @ 6:08 PM
sometimes thoroughly misguided perspective
I'll skip this one, thank you very much. If I want to hear the views of someone outside the sports mainstream, I'll read Dave Zirin.
Posted Sep 14, 2011 @ 3:08 AM
Posted Sep 17, 2011 @ 3:57 PM
His dad ain't it. Five out of 23 minutes of the show could be eliminated if Dan stopped saying "Have you seen this yet Papi? Let's watch." I'm sure his dad is really nice, but there is a reason that Dennis Miller and Tony Kornheiser aren't doing MNF anymore. He simply does not belong on a sports show. The show is not even a week old, and with so few topics for a non-sports individual to discuss, the Le Batards are actually debating about whether or not to watch a show about dinosaur poo.
But there are solutions! Replace Le Batard the elder with Mike Lupica or Bill Simmons. And put the show in a studio and 86 that 50s Miami kitchen.
So begin making jokes about the title now:
The decision to green-light this show was...
Dan agreeing to do a show with his dad is...
Retaining the producer and director of this show is...
Posted Sep 22, 2011 @ 3:38 PM
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