INDIANAPOLIS — Dan Dakich will launch a brand new sports activities present subsequent month on Outkick, is not asserting basketball video games for ESPN however will stay as host of his Indianapolis-based radio present.
Dakich appeared on Outkick 360 Monday for the announcement that his new digital present “Sack Up with Dan Dakich” will debut in October from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. His Indianapolis present on The Fan airs midday to three p.m. ET.
Emmis Communications, which owns The Fan, confirmed Tuesday that Dakich will proceed to do his Indianapolis present, which is on WFNI 107.5 FM and 93.5 FM.
Outkick describes itself as a “fearless sports media company founded by Clay Travis.” Travis boasts on his web site that he’s banned from showing on ESPN and is thought to continuously bash the community.
Dakich, equally, on Monday had unfavorable issues to say about ESPN as he revealed he would no longer be asserting school basketball video games for the community, a job he is held for a decade.
“I’m not going to do games at ESPN and that was as much my choice as their choice,” he stated. “I got to do a ton of stuff because of the money and that’s fine, but there’s a whole world out there that I want to have influence in.”
Dakich went on to say that every one of his bosses at ESPN would tell him “you’re the finest man we have now at ESPN, interval.”
“And I’m like ‘OK, then why am I not doing North Carolina-Duke?’ or ‘Why am I getting bumped by (Dick) Vitale and (Jay) Bilas to do the Indiana-Purdue game? It’s an enormous sport,’ ” he said. “It’s not a meritocracy and I like meritocracy.”
Being a part of Outkick was interesting to Dakich, he stated, as a result of “I don’t mind talking politics. I don’t mind talking about things that maybe ESPN didn’t necessarily want me talking about.”
In 2019, Dakich was suspended by Emmis for “a failure (in 2018) on Dan’s part to adhere to the journalistic principles valued by Emmis.” Emmis did not elaborate on what led to Dakich’s five-day suspension, nor did Dakich respond to a request for comment from IndyStar at the time.
In March 2020, Dakich went on a five-minute tirade in which he lambasted the firing of the head coach of Scottsburg High, while simultaneously insulting the town and school.
He called a player a “meth head,” said the town was full of “meth and AIDS and needles,” urged listeners to “take a dump” in Scottsburg and threatened, “I may drive down there and beat the hell out of each college board member.”
Emmis told IndyStar at the time it was “aware of the statements made by Dan Dakich earlier this week and we continue to investigate the issue.” Dakich was not publicly punished for the tirade.
Earlier this 12 months, Dakich stirred up extra controversy that caught the eye of ESPN.
The community stated in February it was launching an investigation into Dakich after a Twitter dispute over school athlete compensation wherein Dakich debated a number of school professors.
A type of professors, Dr. Johanna Mellis, accused him of misogynistic actions after she challenged him to a swimming competitors.
When Dakich requested whether or not lecturers knew something about sports activities, Mellis responded: “Dan you want to play in the ‘arena?’ ” Mellis tweeted to Dakich. “Let’s level the playing field a bit: I used to swim upwards of 10,000 yards in practice sometimes. I’ve done 10x100s butterfly, 10x400IMs, and one time 10×1000 freestyles for time. It’s brutal, but yeah let’s go at it in the pool.”
Mellis stated in an electronic mail to IndyStar on the time that she was asking that they race within the pool, however Dakich took it one other route. He responded with a tweet that has since been deleted, saying he must get divorced from his spouse first.
“Through his use of the b-word and the way he sexualized my clear reference to racing in the pool, he debased and violated me according to my identity over the public airwaves for all to hear,” Mellis wrote.
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