"LeBatard, what's the deal, man?" Says Mel Kiper as Dan LeBatard Walks Out On Their Interview

By Jason McIntyre
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Dan LeBatard is trying to prove some silly point here about how he doesn’t care to talk about the NFL draft seven weeks before it happens – and some of the discussion, like hand size, is impossibly stupid – so he had ESPN’s Mel Kiper on his radio show and decided to walk off the set.

LeBatard is a stunt guy – remember the billboard he put up in Cleveland when LeBron left Miami? – which is fine, because ESPN’s had nobody in that role since Bill Simmons left … but this one falls flat.

NFL fans, the type that LeBatard needs listening to his show – and given the massive decline in his radio and TV ratings, and departing affiliates over the last six months, he desperately needs them – love the NFL draft. And the Combine. And franchise tags, and free agency, all of it.

They prefer incessant NFL draft talk to spending a minute discussing the NHL or college basketball. Sure, debating what teams will do two months before the draft is a fool’s errand, but isn’t that 90% of sports talk radio? Come on Dan, you’re interesting. Walking out on Mel Kiper isn’t interesting, it’s juvenile and reeks of desperation.

And yeah, we still wrote about it, anyway.

[UPDATE: Several people have asked for an example of the ratings I mentioned above.]

[UPDATE II: Dan writes in to provide more context: “We are ESPN’s number 1 digital property. Four million downloads last month.“]

 

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