ESPN is reportedly developing a show for the Barstool Sports podcast.
ESPN is reportedly developing a new show centered on a Barstool Sports podcast.
The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis reports that ESPN is developing a late-night show for Pardon My Take, the uber-successful podcast hosted by Dan Katz, a.k.a Big Cat, and the man known simply as PFT Commenter.
The podcast, which consistently ranks atop iTunes’ sports and recreation podcast charts, reportedly can get millions of listens an episode.
The contract for Big Cat and PFT hasn’t been finalized, according to a source. The show would air on ESPN2. Details about what Big Cat and PFT would actually do are sketchy, thanks to what another source familiar with Embassy Row described as an unusually rushed production schedule. But the source said the show would likely hew to Embassy Row’s low-fi model, in which “content producers become on-camera people for not a lot of money.”
One unusual element of the late-night show is that it’s being developed by Embassy Row. ESPN typically prefers to produce its shows in-house. For the Barstool personalities—who, according to a source, will remain with the website—that decision was a matter of comfort. Embassy Row has produced The Barstool Rundownspecials that aired on Comedy Central during Super Bowl week and The Barstool Tailgate Show that airs on Facebook Watch. “Barstool was like, we like doing things our way and this is the company that’s going to make it for us,” the source said.
ESPN has reportedly declined to comment on the report.
Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take comes out with new episodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.