With fall comes soccer. And in response to ESPN, with soccer, comes Pat McAfee.
The former Indiana Colts punter returns to host The Pat McAfee Show, which he first debuted on Barstool in 2017.
The sports activities channel introduced that McAfee’s sports activities discuss present will air from midday to three p.m. ET each weekday, and shall be obtainable to observe on ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN’s YouTube channel.
According to Sports Illustrated, McAfee left FanDuel in May to simply accept a five-year $85 million contract with ESPN, which nonetheless granted him inventive management over his present, together with the flexibility to interview company exterior of ESPN on the present.
According to The New York Post, the deal is reportedly $35 million lower than a four-year deal provided to him at FanDuel, to which he replied “fascinating quantity” when requested concerning the deficit between the 2 affords.
He additionally instructed the outlet in May by way of DM that he “shall be paying [his] folks and [they] shall be producing the present totally.”
He continued, “[ESPN] shall be dealing with much more of the backend stuff, whereas additionally offering a platform that’s incomparable linear clever with a community of expertise that’s deep and superior. Their manufacturing property, league rights capabilities, and entry to the whole lot within the sports activities world makes us extremely pumped concerning the potentialities and can’t wait to get began this fall.”
This shouldn’t be McAfee’s first gig with ESPN, as he appeared on the community’s College GameDay in 2019 and 2020, and formally joined the present as a panelist in September 2022, in response to a previous ESPN press release.
“Pat is exceptionally gifted and entertaining, and he was so well-received in his earlier stint on College GameDay that we’ve wished to reunite him with the present ever since,” mentioned Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, final fall.
He added, “We’re thrilled Pat is returning to ESPN for school soccer and for much more alternatives within the years forward.”
The first recreation of the 2023-2024 NFL regular season is a match-up between the Detroit Lions and final yr’s Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Pat McAfee Show kicks off tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN’s YouTube channel. ESPN+ subscriptions cost $9.99/month, or potential subscribers can purchase an annual plan for $99.99/year.