The brilliant radio host, sportswriter, television personality and sports columnist Dan Le Batard is popular for his work with ESPN as the host of the show titled Highly Questionable which is a favourite of the listening public. Before coming to work with ESPN, the sports reporter was with his hometown tabloid the Miami Herald where he put in almost 16 years of hard work from 1990 to 2016.
In addition to Highly Questionable, the famed sports presenter, along with his co-host Jon “Stugotz”, anchors a daily radio show which originated from WAXY in Miami and has a national reach on ESPN Radio. Important to note that Dan’s show which was originally known as “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” is occasionally anchored with his dad Gonzalo Dan Le Batard who comes in as his revolving co-host.
Dan Le Batard: Bio
Dan was born under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius in New Jersey, in the USA on the 18th day of December 1968. His parents – Lourdes and Gonzalo, who were on exile from their native country Cuba settled in Miramar, Florida where Dan was raised alongside his older brother David Le Batard, who later became a Miami-based artist with the professional identity LEBO. It is on record that the radio host’s surname has roots in the French language and simply means “the bastard”. Dan is of Cuban ethnicity but with American nationality.
The young Dan owes his educational qualification to Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory after which he proceeded to the University of Miami and graduated in 1990 with a BA in Journalism and politics. Before formal education, the young entertainer was already fluent in Spanish which he picked up from his parents. Since graduation, the sports host has worked with media outfits like Miami Herald, 790 The Ticket and presently, he is making his mark at ESPN where he works as a host for the show titled Highly Questionable.
Wife, Girlfriend, Dad
Dan’s father Gonzalo Le Batard also works as a radio host, an exiled Cuban immigrant who made a lot of sacrifices for his family by migrating them from Cuba to the United States of America in search of greener pastures. At the Cuba MLB game exhibition of 2016, Dan reminisced how his family risked everything to come to the US on his radio show.
As for the sports radio host’s relationship status, Dan Le Batard has successfully kept the details of his love life under lock and key, safely away from the media spotlight. He has never spoken about any wife or at least a girlfriend to the press neither has he made the slightest mistake of mentioning it in public. Although his current relationship status reads single, he has kept his affairs well-guarded and impregnable.
To further buttress how averse he is to a permanent relationship, an incident that happened during the 2015 NBA Finals would suffice. A discussion around ideas on what Dan would have to give up as payment if he were to lose his bet on the game ensued between him and some colleagues, to their greatest surprise, the sports television personality opted to drop out of the bet completely when someone jokingly suggested that Dan Le Batard will have to propose to his current girlfriend. You can conveniently say that the dude’s vehement refusal to even entertain the idea of a possible marriage to his lover is an indication that the idea of matrimony does not appeal to him at all or he has not found the right partner. But then, it may yet bring his sexuality to question.
Other Facts About Dan Le Batard
- Rumours and Controversy
The initial controversy the writer experienced came from his profession. He received a notification banning him for a year by The Baseball Hall of Shame when it was revealed that he actually compromised with a sports news site known as Deadspin by giving away his voting right of selecting baseball players to them.
A second controversy in the writer’s life was when he was suspended from ESPN for a couple of days in August 2014 for referencing some billboard in Akron, Ohio with the inscription that said You’re Welcome, Lebron. Love, Miami”
- Net Worth
His job as a columnist earns him an annual salary of $45,000 and his net worth which was estimated at $1 million in 2016 has risen to a tidy $2 million as at the first quarter of 2018. Upward review of his net worth is most likely to come by year-end since he is still active in sports analysis.
- Social Media Presence
The celebrated sports columnist of ESPN is active on the social, his Twitter handle has gathered a following of over 341k, but the sports writer is nowhere to be found on Instagram and Facebook. Twitter seems to be his only contact with his fans and the public.