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Lessons for Dan Le Batard and ESPN alike in latest foray into politics

In the boiling-hot-to-quickly-evaporating news cycle of stories about sports media members — public figures who border on celebrity — last week was full of suspense over whether Dan Le Batard would be reprimanded, suspended or fired by ESPN because of comments he made on his radio show in response to politically toxic tweets from President Trump.

ESPN chief Jimmy Pitaro had Le Batard meet him Thursday. The air was cleared.

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Those familiar with the temperament and leadership style of Pitaro, who started steering the all-sports network’s nuclear submarine in the spring of 2018, figured Le Batard would get the benefit of any doubts. Still, Pitaro has made it clear he’s not keen on his employees talking about anything tinged with politics. […]

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