You gotta hand it to Barstool. No other brand does a better job of making itself the story and milking days of content out of a single incident.
Barstool founder Dave Portnoy was invited to the White House on Thursday to interview President Donald Trump. Portnoy accepted and said that it isn’t something he should have to apologize for.
On Friday, Big Cat (real name Dan Katz) took Portnoy, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini, and parent company Penn National to task for not giving the rest of the Barstool staff any notice. Big Cat said on his SiriusXM show The Yak that he had to learn about the presidential interview on Twitter.
Katz admits that if he were consulted, he probably would have pushed back against the idea of interviewing Trump. He said that it goes against one of Barstool’s core principles, which is to avoid politics and focus on humor. Still, he admits that the opportunity to interview a sitting president, no matter who it is, isn’t something he would expect the company to instantly dismiss.
He accused Portnoy of letting Trump turn the interview into “a political ad” and letting Barstool “be used in a political way” by not asking hard questions or offering any follow ups. His real complaint was that though was that he was not told about the interview before it happened.
“It’s been a tough 12 hours or whatever it’s been trying to understand where I fit in now. There’s only two explanations,” Big Cat said. “One is they didn’t want to talk to me because I would probably be the only dissenting view, which means that when there’s tough decisions to be made and Dan might disagree we just won’t ask him so we don’t have to hear his view. That means my opinion doesn’t matter. Or two, they just said straight up his opinion doesn’t matter. Either way, my opinion does not matter at this company the way I thought it did 12 hours ago, and that’s the part I’m struggling with.”
Big Cat says Portnoy’s interview with Trump marks a turning point for Barstool. He repeated the phrase “we can’t pretend now that we don’t do politics” multiple times. He points out that he and PFT Commenter were offered the chance to interview Joe Biden on Pardon My Take earlier this year, but declined because he thought Barstool viewed itself as an escape from those subjects.
“Politics are serious, man. You can’t do a political interview and not be serious,” Big Cat said, alluding to Portnoy. “It’s a serious f***ing game, and that’s why I don’t talk about it. I don’t have the intelligence. I don’t have the ability to navigate these waters. So once you get in them, you can’t pretend you’re not in them”
Portnoy will almost certainly answer some of Katz’s critiques at some point. Whether they do it face to face or this sniping between shows continues remains to be seen.
Sage Steele: ESPN Vaccine Mandate ‘Sick And Scary’
“The network mandated that all on-site employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 30.”
ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele is appearing on Uncut with Jay Cutler on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and discussed her thoughts on the ESPN COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The network mandated that all on-site employees must get vaccinated by Sept. 30. Steele discussed that issue and more topics surrounding her career with Cutler.
“I respect everyone’s decision; I really do,” Steele said on the podcast. “To mandate it is sick and scary to me in many ways, but I have a job. A job that I love, and frankly, a job that I need, but again I love it. I’m not surprised it got to this point, especially with a global company like that. It was actually emotional.”
Steele has been a mainstay on ESPN’s noon SportsCenter broadcast and has helped anchor the show when they take the program on the road.
Steele shared a similar reticence with ESPN sideline reporter Allison Williams, who refused to get the shot while she and her family try to have another child.
The SportsCenter anchor can sympathize with Williams and her commitment to having a family. Steele told Cutler she passed on her first ESPN opportunity in 2004 because she wanted to have more kids.
“I was scared at the time, but I had two kids, and I wanted a third,” Steele said to Cutler. “I was pregnant with my second kid, like really out here pregnant. So they brought me up here for an interview, and you know you do the whole, let’s do a little audition and roll highlights, oh wait, the tape stopped. You know, wink, wink, sorry we’re going to test you and see how you handle it, and I think if I hadn’t been like 10 months pregnant, I probably would’ve freaked out.”
Steele nailed the audition and got the offer, but it wasn’t quite what she was looking for. In the end, things all worked out with her and ESPN.
David Letterman’s Questions For KD Set Up To Promote Netflix Show
Kevin Durant is reportedly going to be a guest on David Letterman’s Netflix show that is coming out soon.
Yesterday the Brooklyn Nets had their Media Day, and David Letterman came to crash the party, asking KD some comedic questions.
He started by asking Durant why people call him ”KD”. Then he followed by asking what percent effort he would give next season. Lastly, asking if he could play for both the Knicks during his off days while also playing for the Nets.
Many were unsure why David Letterman was doing this, though some had the feeling that it was a gag and the two were planning on some sort of partnership in the future.
It was also in question for many, as KD didn’t seem to be responding in a comedic matter or laughing at all. Durant does have a history of issues with some media members in the past including Jay Williams and Brandon Tierney.
However it does seem that this was a promotional thing, as Kevin Durant is reportedly going to be a guest on David Letterman’s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The fourth season of the show does not have a release date yet, but Ryan Ruocco reports that when it does drop, fans can watch the Late Night legend chat with KD.
We will see if that little interview has any part in the new show or if it was just to promote the their partnership, but it certainly made for a memorable Brooklyn Nets Media day.
MaximBet Offers NIL Deal To All Female Colorado College Athletes
“The terms of the deal last for four months, a cash payment, plus, an invite to MaximBet Max-querade Party in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 30, and merchandise.”
MaximBet is trying to make a big splash as they launch their mobile sportsbook in Colorado this week. The company is offering all female student-athletes at Division I, II, and III Colorado colleges and universities an NIL deal. They are compensating them with cash, invitations to parties, merchandise, and more.
The commitment is a first in the iGaming industry; no company has proposed an offer exclusively to women sports participants at all divisions. The terms of the deal last for four months, a cash payment, plus, an invite to the MaximBet Max-querade Party in Denver on Saturday, Oct. 30.
“We are part of the Colorado community, and we want our users to know that we support the team and athletes in their backyards,” said Doug Terfehr, VP of Brand and Communications, MaximBet. “We hope as many qualified young women who love playing for their college or university take advantage of this offer and recognize that we support them in everything they do.”
To receive the party invite and get the cash payment, the athletes must follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, and send a DM with interest on whatever social media platform she prefers. The process is that simple for any DI, DII, or DIII athlete to start capitalizing off of their likeness.
Members of the NIL team must also highlight the MaximBet brand in posts on their personal social media channels. The two female athletes that receive the highest engagement from their social media posts earn an additional four-figure bonus added to their cash payment.
The process is part of a long rollout plan from MaximBet, which is now live or planning to go live in six states: Colorado, Indiana, New Jersey, Iowa, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The brand is operated by the Carousel Group which entered into a licensing deal with Maxim to use the brand’s likeness for their sportsbook.
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