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Dan Patrick

Before Dan decided to build a ManCave out of an abandoned dance studio, stick in cameras, drag in four motley producers off the street and create a popular radio and television show (while also hosting a little show called Football Night in America on NBC), he held several odd jobs. Patrick worked as a FM DJ, a sports broadcaster in Dayton, Ohio, and at CNN Sports. For 18 years, he helped build ESPN in many roles, most notably, co-host of SportsCenter.

Besides winning the undying love from the four Danettes, Dan has won several real awards:

  • In 1998, he received a Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category.
  • In 2000, Dan was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, making him just the second cable commentator to receive the honor.
  • Dan was nominated for a Sports Emmy for the Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host Category seven times.
  • In 2013, Patrick won the distinguished Marconi Award and NSSA Sports Broadcaster of the Year for the second time.

As for some of the places you can see and hear Patrick, the Dan Patrick Show has been syndicated on radio since 2007, simulcast on DIRECTV since 2009, simulcast on NBC Sports Network since 2012, as well as streamed live on He also is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and has hosted NBC’s Olympic coverage in 2012 in London and 2014 in Sochi.


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