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    Default Dan LeBatard suspended two days by ESPN for buying "You're Welcome LeBron" billboard

    I was hoping it would be longer since I don't like LeBatard

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    Dan LeBatard Suspended Two Days by ESPN for Buying 'You're Welcome LeBron' Billboard [UPDATE]


    [UPDATE: The title of this post has been changed to reflect the suspension. ESPN statement below.]

    How dense are the folks running the Akron Beacon-Journal? Last month, ESPN radio host Dan LeBatard approached the paper and tried to buy a full-page ad thanking LeBron James for his time in Miami.

    Key word: BUY.

    The paper, unbelievably, passed on the estimated $90,000 LeBatard’s ad might have cost.

    Fast-forward to this week: LeBatard, rebuffed by the paper, decided to buy a billboard in Akron thanking LeBron for his time in Miami.

    Smart, humorous, and the kind of thing more radio hosts should be doing (in Boston, this is the garbage they peddle). Come on, you had to smirk at the usage of Comic Sans. It’s the sort of thing social media devoured this week.

    Guess who’s covering this story of the billboard on the front page of its paper?

    The Akron Beacon Journal.

    Astounding.

    Part of LeBatard’s rise at ESPN over the last few years is precisely because of bits like this – more intelligent and clever than a trolling hot take – and ESPN has to be thrilled with finally having found a radio host to follow Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo and gain traction in the toughest radio timeslot at the network.

    ESPN had been looking for someone to fill the void since Doug Gottlieb departed for CBS Sports, and LeBatard has made it relevant, even if some folks in Bristol hated the idea of him giving his MLB Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin in 2013.

    If you look closely, there’s some Bill Simmons in LeBatard – he broke out the pom-poms when LeBron was in Miami, enjoying the ride, crushing Derrick Rose, creating a meme that Cleveland radio guys are already aping, and repeatedly tweeting “HE’S NEVER LEAVING” because it’s sunny in Miami all year and cold and dreary in Cleveland. New media: Where journalists are allowed to be fans. (J-E-T-S!) Simmons wore his Celtic fandom on his sleeve at the 2013 NBA Draft; LeBatard’s taking the high road, thanking LeBron.

    Sports radio hosts, the message is clear: More smart, more fun, less juvenile zoo garbage.

    [UPDATE: 4:19 PM. A few hours after this post went up, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed this statement: "Dan LeBatard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday. His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN's standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance.]

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    I was hoping it would be longer since I don't like LeBatard

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    Some ESPN Beat Writer did that? What's his beef with LeBron?

    Whatever, I found the billboard funny.
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    He left Miami(the beat he covers) and Miami went from title contenders to potential lottery team thanks to LeBron leaving. Hence his issue.

    I thought it was funny but I can see why ESPN would have an issue with an employee of theirs trolling a player they cover.

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    What a LeBaturd.
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    Gosh damn that guys' a tool.

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    I actually thought this was funny.

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    I don't know how ESPN could say they weren't aware of this - he'd been talking about it on-air for a week (newspaper ad but still).
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    Default Re: Dan LeBatard suspended two days by ESPN for buying "You're Welcome LeBron" billboard

    This is Lebetard's MO though. He is the Howard Stern of sports radio. I am not sure why they decide to suspend him for stupidity this time.

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    This is Lebetard's MO though. He is the Howard Stern of sports radio. I am not sure why they decide to suspend him for stupidity this time.
    He touched the golden child LeBron...if he had joked about Johnny Football in the same ad he probably would've been fired and sent off to Mars.
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    He touched the golden child LeBron...if he had joked about Johnny Football in the same ad he probably would've been fired and sent off to Mars.
    Well if that was the case I wish he would have poked Manziel! I don't know what it is about the Miami media (Lebetard, Israel), but yuck. I would need sirius XM radio if I lived down there.

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    He's just mad that his show is going to get cancelled once the Heat start sucking *** again.
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    LOL, LeBatard is such an ***.

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    Default Re: Dan LeBatard suspended two days by ESPN for buying "You're Welcome LeBron" billboard

    that surname looks made up.

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    Default Re: Dan LeBatard suspended two days by ESPN for buying "You're Welcome LeBron" billboard

    He is just a needy attention whore. Look at me everybody!

    The whole state of Ohio had a piece of them die when LeBron left. With 0 championships to comfort their sorrow. At least Lebatard got to witness 2 championships before LeBron when back to the Cavs. Dude needs to go away. I didn't find it funny at all and he is a complete joke.

    Anywho, LeBron, should get a billboard as close to where Lebatard works and just have it say "You're Welcome". Or something witty.
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    I don't like LeBatard at all (I mean I don't like his radio show), but I have no problem with this. The sign's not offensive in any way is really quite funny. ESPN lets people talk so much BS all the time (hell, Mike and Mike are still spewing their nonsense gibberish every morning) that it seems complete crap to suspend someone for doing something inoffensive, original, and on their own dime.
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    Default Re: Dan LeBatard suspended two days by ESPN for buying "You're Welcome LeBron" billboard

    some of you need to lighten up.

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    ESPN makes fun of people and athletes many times a day with things like 3 jeers and the not top ten. How is this any worse? They should have just ignored it.

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    some of you need to lighten up.
    Honestly, I laughed at it until I learned it was LeBatard that bought it. #context

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    ESPN makes fun of people and athletes many times a day with things like 3 jeers and the not top ten. How is this any worse? They should have just ignored it.
    I agree this would've gone away my guess is the issue is that its one thing to make fun of someone during your show on the network its another on your own time to buy a Billboard over it.

    I mean say what you want about Skip Bayless but even he doesn't go that far.

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    Some of you should probably go listen to LeBatard's rant about the Pacers and basically the entire state of Indiana before you cut the guy any slack.

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