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Pat McAfee continues to bet on himself, and it keeps paying off. He might be doing so again, this time going all-in. 

McAfee is in the second year of a four-year, reported $120 million deal with FanDuel Sportsbook. But life changes, and like many, many before him, expecting a child has reshaped the priorities of the ultra-popular show host. 

“In an effort to make my life a lot easier, I’m exploring the options of maybe joining a network of a family, a community,” he said. “A place that could handle a lot of things we’re running into.”

The popularity of the Pat McAfee Show could anchor a block of programming for several networks. But where is the best fit for McAfee? Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has created his set of hypothetical odds on where the show airs by Jan. 1, 2024.  

Pat McAfee Show 2024 Programming Odds

NetworkOddsImplied Probability
ESPN+11047.6%
Amazon Prime Video+20033.3%
Google/YouTube+65013.3%
FOX Sports+10009.1%
FanDuel+10009.1%
The Field+12007.7%

These are projected odds and are not currently available at legal betting sites or sports betting apps.

The former Indianapolis Colts punter turned down two years and $6 million from the NFL team to join Barstool, and had several other stops before venturing out on his own. To say the moves have paid off would be an understatement. 

If it feels like McAfee is everywhere, that’s not far off. While his show originates on FanDuel’s site and app, it makes the rounds on all social media channels (@PatMcAfeeShow has 2.8 million followers on Twitter, 2.2 million on YouTube, 1.3 million on Instagram and 600k on Facebook). 

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He also became a regular contributor on ESPN College Gameday on Saturdays and has become a part-time WWE Superstar, competing in a memorable match at WrestleMania last year. 

The show is the glue, however, and it appears it may have a different outlet soon. McAfee said on his show he’s known many people in the industry whose biggest regret was sacrificing family for extra work. He doesn’t want to be that guy.

“I don’t want to be a person that spends a lot of time away from my family,” he said. “It’s kind of changed the way I’ve viewed things. … It would be nice to live a little bit of a life.” 

“The sports betting bucket is a huge bucket right now,” he said on his show. “We’ve been very lucky to be a part of the FanDuel team, we’ve got a lot of pride, very thankful in things we’ve done. FanDuel has a TV channel but not a network that would alleviate issues we’re seeing.”

From a pure resources standpoint, ESPN is a no-brainer. They’re the “worldwide leader” and have decades of best-in-class experience hosting shows and incorporating personalities on various platforms and levels. That said, the Disney-owned network is bracing for yet-another round of massive layoffs. Inking McAfee’s team to a nine-figure deal may not play well or be in the network's immediate budget. 

ESPN has reportedly moved ahead of its competitors for McAfee and is considered the favorite to land him, though no deal is in place yet. 

Amazon has no such budget. The world’s second-biggest company by revenue has Amazon Prime Video and it just finished its first season hosting Thursday Night Football. The censors that likely would be in the background at ESPN would be nearly absent at Amazon, another possible incentive to keep the McAfee brand, on-brand. Amazon could outbid anyone if it decides to add a daily show to its lineup. 

The show is already wildly successful on YouTube, which is owned by Google and has Amazon-like resources and has YouTube Originals, its own set of series and movies. The transition would be easy, but would they be in a spot to offer the off-the-screen assistance McAfee seeks? YouTube TV is about to add Sunday Ticket to its offering for the 2023 NFL season.

FOX Sports was ahead of the curve on sports betting content compared to other sports networks. It may consider The Pat McAfee Show a genre-defining acquisition in its bid to become the market leader in an industry that continues to explode in popularity in the U.S. 

It’s also possible the show and FanDuel come to an accord. McAfee said it’s been a great partnership so far. The “exploring of options” is about a shifting of priorities. 

The Field has a potentially limitless array of options that may come out of the blue and make an offer the show can’t refuse. Sports clothing company Fanatics was mentioned in a story by the New York Post as a possible wild card destination. Fanatics also has a betting brand, BetFanatics. 

Perhaps Spotify, which has secured many of the top global podcasters, steps up for another massive exclusive deal, though neither would likely solve the time-consuming issues McAfee is hoping to address. 

FanDuel competitors such as DraftKings and BetMGM, each of which have their own original programming (but not a network), could swoop in and make an offer, though it remains to be seen if they can offer what McAfee wants most: Time. 

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.