Dan Le Batard to meet Thursday with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro

ESPN radio and TV host Dan Le Batard is expected to meet with network president Jimmy Pitaro on Thursday in New York to discuss his future, according to three people with knowledge of the meeting.

ESPN declined to comment.

The meeting comes one week after Le Batard went on his radio show the morning after Trump supporters yelled, “Send her back! Send her back!” a racist chant in reference to Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. On his radio show, Le Batard said the rally “felt un-American” and the chants were “deeply offensive.”

He also criticized ESPN explicitly for a policy that bars its reporters and personalities from talking about politics without a sports hook.


“We here at ESPN don’t have the stomach for the fight,” Le Batard said on the air. “We don’t talk about what is happening unless there is some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through.”

Aside from missing Monday’s radio show, which an ESPN official described as Le Batard’s decision, he has appeared on the radio and his afternoon TV show since the comments.

Since Pitaro was appointed president in March 2018, he has stated publicly that ESPN’s viewers do not want the network to cover politics. According to research conducted last month by the network, 74% of fans don’t want to hear about politics on ESPN. That includes avid fans (85%), Republicans (84%) and Democrats (69%). The survey did not specifically define “politics.”