In 2019, Pat McAfee was a popular addition to ESPN’s “College GameDay,” but things have certainly changed in their relationship since then.
On Friday, McAfee shared that ESPN employees are no longer allowed on his show, citing a “new mandate” that was sent out and eventually told to him.
“There is no ESPN on the show today AJ….new mandate,” McAfee told his co-host, A.J. Hawk. “We had some good times with some of those (guys). Know ‘em for years. Not allowed anymore, don’t come….I got a text and a follow up call….It was a good era….What about Greenberg….I guess I would have to just kind of never maybe go on their thing again too….I do believe this particular show was singled out. That’s alright, it was a good run.”
ESPN released an official comment on the situation, via The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.
“We didn’t intend to ban ESPN guests from the show and there is certainly no ban going forward. We are in the midst of figuring out the best process for future guests to appear on outside platforms & Pat will continue to make regular appearances on ESPN shows,” an ESPN spokesperson said.
McAfee’s show broadcasts on SiriusXM and YouTube and he had one of the biggest digital audiences in sports media over the course of the football season.
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