In a statement released on Monday, and also communicated during his ESPN Radio show The Dan Patrick Show, the sports radio host/sports broadcaster announced his intentions to leave the “worldwide leader of sports” next month.
Patrick’s last radio show will take place on August 17th. Patrick, 51, began his career at ESPN as an anchor for SportsCenter in 1989. He would continue his duties as a commentator up through 2006.
“(I) would like to go out on my own. I have not been a free agent. I’ve spent 18 years here. It’s been home but I thought I was taking it for granted,” Patrick told his radio listeners on Monday.
ESPN executive vice president for production Norby Williamson said the following in a statement about Patrick’s departure: “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. We wish him the very best.”
Patrick says he’d like to return to radio at some point in the future, but is “not sure” about his future in television.His last week will take a look back at the show’s greatest moments.