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Made in Miami: Why Le Batard, Stugotz signed contract extension to keep show on ESPN

Dan Le Batard and Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner..
Dan Le Batard and Jon ‘Stugotz’ Weiner.. ESPN

Dan Le Batard is staying home.

ESPN Radio announced Thursday that Le Batard and Jon "Stugotz" Weiner have signed a multiiyear agreement to continue doing their Miami-based national radio show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Four years, fools," Le Batard told his Twitter followers, of the length of the new deal. "Or until we get fired. Or until Stugotz can no longer keep away the feds."

The contract extension will keep the "Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz" broadcasting from the ESPN studios at The Clevelander hotel on South Beach. The show airs in Miami on 790 The Ticket, with the national show also televised on ESPNEWS.

The new deal also includes the "Highly Questionable" television show that Le Batard hosts with his father Gonzalo "Papi" Le Batard and rotating cohosts. LeBatard also will conduct six longform interviews per year that will be available across several ESPN platforms including TV and digital.

Le Batard is Miami-raised, a UM graduate and a former longtime Miami Herald columnist who has become one of ESPN's major players. His radio show is heard by 2.2 million listeners per week on 258 stations nationwide, its format mixing humor and irreverence on a variety of sports and pop culture topics. The show's podcast is the network's No. 1 downloaded show-to-podcast product, with more than 53 million downloads in 2017.

"I've been stunned for 15 years that people continue to consume our stupidity, and we are deeply appreciative of the freedom and support ESPN gives us," LeBatard told the Herald during a break in Thursday's live show. "Though we have to question ESPN's judgment for it."

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