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    Default Dan Patrick leaving ESPN after 18 years with network

    Dan Patrick leaving ESPN after 18 years with network
    Posted: Monday July 9, 2007 2:56PM; Updated: Monday July 9, 2007 2:56PM

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dan Patrick is leaving ESPN after 18 years, insisting there is no acrimony but saying he was beginning to take his job for granted.

    The former SportsCenter anchor announced his decision on his radio show Monday and said his final show will be Aug. 17. Patrick said he hoped to continue working in radio but wasn't sure if he would do any more television.

    "It's been home, but I think I was starting to take it for granted, and I did not want to do that," Patrick said on the air. "I did not think that was fair to these great people."

    Patrick said ESPN executives tried to talk him out of his decision. He originally planned to make the announcement last week, but they asked him to reconsider.

    "If there was animosity, I wouldn't be doing radio shows after this one today," he said.

    Patrick recently served as host of the NBA studio program on ABC, NBA Countdown, and the network's game broadcasts, including the NBA finals. He was a SportsCenter anchor from 1989-06.

    He has hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio since 1999. During his last week, ESPN Radio will look back at memorable moments from the show.

    "Dan has accomplished so much over the past two decades at ESPN and fans and newsmakers have turned to him for his steady and trusted approach," ESPN executive vice president for production Norby Williamson said in a statement. "We wish him the very best."

    Patrick was honored as National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2000 and received a Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category in 1998.

    He was a sports anchor/reporter for CNN from 1983-89.
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    And with him goes the last vestige of dignity and class this network had.

    I wish him well with whatever he ends up doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    And with him goes the last vestige of dignity and class this network had.
    You got that right, Chef......
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    i wonder what the story is on this. His contract still had quite a while left on it. I think Cowherd in the morning is very good. But Dan Patrick does bring a certain professionalism to the radio. Too bad he's leaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    And with him goes the last vestige of dignity and class this network had.

    I wish him well with whatever he ends up doing.
    He's gonna lay low(read: no compete clause.) Then pop up somewhere on FOX Sports in six months.

    J/K .I agree craig, gonna miss Dan.
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    Wow, that sucks.

    The Patrick/Olbermann SportsCenters were the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menlow View Post
    Wow, that sucks.

    The Patrick/Olbermann SportsCenters were the best.

    Agreed, that is one good show. Why couldn't Berman be leaving instead of Patrick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Menlow View Post
    Wow, that sucks.

    The Patrick/Olbermann SportsCenters were the best.
    Yup!

    If you haven't, I highly recommend checking out "The Big Show":
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    Quote Originally Posted by csm5150 View Post
    Agreed, that is one good show. Why couldn't Berman be leaving instead of Patrick?
    No kidding. I am not looking forward to hearing that ass clown on the HR derby tonight.

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    Maybe Greenie moves up on the totem pole, breaking up the morning radio team and putting an end to Mike and Mike, and Liam and Joaquin's musical parodies.

    They should have Suzy Kolber and Linda Cohn in the morning, I'd be up for breakfast, hey......

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    Quote Originally Posted by csm5150 View Post
    Agreed, that is one good show. Why couldn't Berman be leaving instead of Patrick?
    That's what I was thinking when I saw this. I was listening to the home run derby on the radio, then got to my hotel and put it on the telly. Night and day - I don't know who was in the booth contributing to the foolishness with Berman and Morgan, but I wished I could get the radio in this room.

 

 

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