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Radio Host Signs New Contract Through 2027 – The Hollywood Reporter



Dan Patrick isn’t retiring simply but.

The previous ESPN anchor and radio host has inked a brand new multiyear contract extension with NBC Sports activities and iHeartMedia, which can preserve his The Dan Patrick Present working by way of the top of 2027, he tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Patrick had stoked some hypothesis about his future when he stated on his radio present final week that he can be retiring in 4 years.

“I did it backwards, that I announced my retirement then announced my contract extension,” Patrick informed THR on Monday afternoon. “It’s sort of an Elton John Farewell Tour, where it’s going on for years, and I apologize for that.”

Patrick — who beforehand anchored ESPN’s SportsCenter and hosted his eponymous radio present for ESPN from 1999-2007 — struck out on his personal in 2007, with iHeartMedia’s Premiere Networks syndicating his present throughout the nation. He joined NBC Sports activities as a number on Soccer Evening in America the next 12 months.

His radio present started streaming on NBC’s Peacock in 2020. As a part of the brand new offers with iHeartMedia and NBC Sports activities, Patrick will proceed to host his each day present, which can even proceed to be simulcast on Peacock.

“It just made sense,” Patrick says. “I like the people, I’m a creature of habit, stayed at ESPN 18 years, and I’m allowed to do what I want to do. And that — as a so-called artist — is, I think what we all strive for, and having that freedom with Peacock and iHeart I just thought I got four and a half more years left in me, I think least I hope so. And this is where I wanted to finish my career.”

Patrick’s present, which is an evolution of his former ESPN Radio program, sees him and his crew (“The Danettes”) talk about sports activities and popular culture. Since including the simulcast on Peacock, Patrick says they’ve tried to provide the present a “voyeuristic feel” that will make it participating to observe as nicely.

“You go in each day with a loose blueprint of what you want to do and how you want to do it, but it never goes as scripted, since it isn’t scripted,” he says. “The parameters are freeing, they’re fun, they’re loose — I don’t have a boss — and it’s up to us to create content that sounds good on radio, and looks good on TV. And that’s a great challenge and we have three hours to do it.”

As for what spurred on the choice to pre-announce his retirement 4 and a half years forward of time?

“I just wanted people to know, instead of asking me all the time, ‘What are you going to do, how long are you going to do it?’ and I owed that to the guys that I work with that this was going to be it,” Patrick says. “I’ll be 71, I’m probably the oldest person in this genre doing this. And I just thought you know what? That’ll be that’ll be a good career and I can call my own shot.”

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