Dan Patrick On Bill Simmons Departure From The Mothership, Implies Scott Van Pelt, Others Wanted Out
May 8 / Jake O'Donnell / SportsGrid
It's not abnormal to inquire about life outside your current line of work. Career changes happen, people move on, relationships sour, life gets boring, grass seems greener elsewhere -- this much is obvious. But when you work inside "The Mothership," as former SportsCenter anchor Dan Patrick calls it, and then leave -- either by your own volition or theirs -- you might as well be walking away from a secure, self-sustaining community in The Walking Dead.
According to Dan Patrick, there are zombies out there who can't wait to eat you alive. Stay in the damn thing and hunker down.
Dan spilled the beans that he imparted this wisdom to Bill Simmons "a while ago," who inquired about leaving along with "10 to 12 on-air [talents]," including Scott Van Pelt, who asked him about the conditions outside the walls of Bristol. When he spoke with Simmons, Dan made it clear he's in a different boat altogether.
Dan's been gone from ESPN since 2007, so the timeline of who inquired when is a bit nebulous. Still, it's interesting to hear a former employee talk about the network's current employees as if they're captives on an island prison.
"I did talk to Bill a while ago, full disclosure," he said Friday. "I think Bill was saying, 'What happened when you left? What was it like? What was the reaction you got?' We talked in generalities. I tell people to stay there."
"There are people that want to leave. Scott Van Pelt, I said, 'You're better off there. If you want to leave, I'll certainly vouch for you.'"
"I probably had 10 to 12 on-air talent who have talked to me about getting out and what it's like. It's almost universal. I say, 'Don't get out unless you want sand kicked in your face because you're the scrawny guy on the beach and they come after you. they come after you hard.'"
Patrick made it clear his producers are trying to get Simmons on the phone, so we'll update you with that conversation if and when it does eventually happen. Stay tuned.
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