SportsCaster of The Year Dan Patrick: “I Was Married To ESPN. My Wife Was My Mistress.”
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The Drive Monday 6-10-13 -The host of the Dan Patrick Show on NBC Sports Network gave insight into his departure from ESPN. Patrick says it was because he missed being able to spend time with his wife and kids.
“I was married to ESPN. My wife was my mistress. My family was my mistress. That was the hard part, I had it in reverse order.”
The 2013 NSSA Sportscaster of the Year talked about his immediate feelings after quitting ESPN and how he feels about the position he is now.
“I thought I just had committed career suicide. At one point, I said to my wife ‘I don’t know what I just did’. And then I got into business with the right people. The Dan-ettes have been awesome. We have fun and do it for the right reasons. I haven’t had this much fun since, I don’t know, since I was doing Sportscenter with Keith(Olbermann).”
The Dan Patrick Show takes pride in breaking news and carving out previously unknown information so Dan dived into who he feels is the best interviewee as well as how he handles interviews and what his goals are when he interviews a guest.
“Whoever is honest. If you’re honest with me, I’ll have a good interview. If you’re the guy who’s trying to hide, deflect, then I’m not going to get anything out of it….I like to get you a little bit off balance, I don’t want you to have a comfort level, I’m trying to get something for the audience…When I sit down with someone, if I don’t get something that you remember and tell somebody at work then I didn’t do my job, but that is always my goal.”
Now one the most famous personalities on the radio, Dan Patrick talked about himself as a young employee at ESPN as well as his thoughts as he grew into his now, profession.
“I think when I worked at the Mothership, I worked in fear at times. Believe it or not, I thought I could get fired at any moment. I never felt comfortable and I think they did that on purpose but it backfires with you because you want to be yourself, and everyone always says ‘Oh, be yourself’. It’s really hard to be yourself, you gotta know who yourself is. At some point, it’s ‘Okay, who are you?’, it took me a long time to figure out who I was and who I was willing to be on the air.”