Didn’t think there was enough Miami Heat news on ESPN? Well, soon you will be getting even more of a South Beach slant.
South Florida sports talk show host Dan Le Batard already has his own show on ESPN, Highly Questionable. Now, his local radio show in Miami could be picked up by ESPN Radio, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.
The news that has been rumored from quite some time (first by Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead) and now it appears the deal is close to done.
“ESPN Radio likely will pick up Dan Le Batard’s 790 The Ticket radio show in the next few months, providing a national forum for the market’s highest-rated sports talk show. Le Batard and Jon Weiner do not plan to change anything from the way they do the show now, and The Ticket will continue to air it.
If a deal is finalized as expected, ESPN Radio would carry Le Batard’s program from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by a 7-10 p.m. show with Jorge Sedano (who leaves WQAM at the end of the month) and former Broncos lineman Mark Schlereth.
From 3 to 4 p.m., LeBatard and Weiner would do a show only for their 790 audience.”
Le Batard is known for his superior interview techniques and no-b.s. approach when seeking answers — it should be a welcomed quality to national sports television.
It was announced in July that Sedano would be leaving WQAM for ESPN and now we know what kind of role he will have. Sedano was also the studio host for Sun Sports Miami Heat telecasts.
Last month, Weiner and Sedano joined First Take too. As many ESPN hosts tend to do, they might be utilized in other roles and in guest appearances outside ESPN Radio.
Le Batard already has his show Highly Questionable on ESPN2 and has been a regular fill-in host for Pardon The Interruption for years. Around the Horn panelist Bomani Jones recently moved to Miami and appears weekly on Le Batard’s show as well as daily on Highly Questionable along with Le Batard’s father. It is not known at the time if Jones will continue to appear on Le Batard’s radio show.
With Le Batard and Sedano back-to-back on weekdays, ESPN Radio will have a distinct South Florida flavor. (Is that a Cuban sandwich and mojito I’m tasting?) ESPN has a knack for going all in, and with the Miami Heat being as popular and polarizing a topic as it is, this should be a beneficial move going forward.