Alex Rodriguez Partners With Barstool Sports for Podcast ‘The Corp’

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New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez has partnered with Barstool Sports on a podcast.

The sports website is launching “The Corp,” a seven-part podcast series that Rodriguez will co-host with Dan “Big Cat” Katz, who co-hosts Barstool’s popular podcast, “Pardon My Take.”

Launching on Thursday, the podcast will cover business success and failure and derives its name from Rodriguez’s company, A-Rod Corp.

Coming tomorrow…The Corp featuring @AROD and @BarstoolBigCat. Subscribe now https://t.co/NyVzz89NyY pic.twitter.com/ytn0Ql42Sp

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 5, 2018

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According to the description on iTunes, “The Corp” will see Rodriguez and Barstool Sports’ Big Cat interview industry leaders, sports legends and entrepreneurs on what makes them successful in their specific profession. It will include business, humor and stories from people who have lived the American Dream.

All seven episodes will be available on Thursday.

Guests will include Kobe Bryant, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin, “Shark Tank” personality Barbara Corcoran, New York Sports radio personality Mike Francesa and Starwood Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht.

Rodriguez retired in 2016 after a 22 year-career in the baseball where he played with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, whom he helped lead to the 2009 World Series championship. He’s currently part of ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team.

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Innovators List 2018: 12 Hollywood Disrupters, From Kenya Barris to Xumo

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2018 was a transformative year across Hollywood, media and technology. #MeToo dominated the conversation. Studios and companies embraced diversity and consolidation. And everyone started riding scooters.

TheWrap’s 2018 Innovators List gathers together those thought leaders who are making transformation happen across their industries. They’ve grown media empires as legacy media outlets struggle. They’ve worked to change their perceptions beyond where they began their careers. And in the case of one individual, wanted to quit the industry all together.

You can check them out at the Innovators panel at The Grill conference on October 2 at The SLS Beverly Hills, an event that brings together the leading voices in the convergence between entertainment, media and technology.

1. Kenya Barris, TV Producer 

The creator of ABC’s hit show “black-ish,” and its “grown-ish” spinoff is truly having a moment. The writer/producer has worked to highlight black voices and tell black stories in film and on TV that resonate with broad audiences. Barris co-wrote the 2017 feature comedy hit “Girls Trip” and is writing and producing a “Shaft” sequel set for 2019.

In August, the mega-producer dipped out of his ABC deal a year early, inking a nine-figure deal with streaming giant Netflix. Barris said he cut ties with ABC after the network blocked a politically charged episode of “black-ish” that would have addressed President Donald Trump, the Charlottesville riots and NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

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2. Alyssa Milano, actress and activist

And they say a tweet can’t change the world. A little under a year ago, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note from her friend saying, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me Too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of magnitude of the problem.”

The floodgates opened from there, with millions of women to this day sharing their stories. Milano in the process became one of the de facto figureheads for what would become more than a hashtag, but a movement.

And while she always practiced activism in addition to her acting, 2018 has put her in a new light and trajectory. Along with Mark Ruffalo, she led the #StateoftheDream rally as counterprogramming to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, calling for immigration reform and a more inclusive America. And last week as #MeToo nears its firstanniversary, she could be seen sitting just rows behind Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as they testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

3. Bill Simmons, The Ringer

After an unceremonious exit from ESPN in 2015, leaving behind the now-shuttered, once beloved sports and pop culture site Grantland, Simmons found his second act, starting The Ringer in 2016. The website has seen incredible growth in its first two years, breaking traffic records each month and increasing its reach roughly 40 percent compared with last year.

But Simmons and his Ringer staff have truly hung their hat on the The Ringer Podcast Network, one of the largest and most lucrative audio-based networks with 27 different podcasts including the “Bill Simmons Podcast,” “The Watch” and the popular “Binge Mode” series. As podcasts have gained popularity among audiences in recent years, Simmons and The Ringer have been at the forefront of pushing the limits of the medium, generating more than 30 million downloads per month.

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4. Erika Nardini, CEO, Barstool Sports 

In 2016, Nardini took over as CEO of the irreverent and boundary-pushing sports, news and men’s lifestyle media company Barstool Sports. The company has been accused of being crude, misogynistic and racist, but it maintains a loyal following. When Nardini took over, her plan was not to change the site’s focus, but find a way to help it reach a wider audience while holding on to its base.

The 20-year media veteran has helped Barstool secure a partnership with ESPN for a show — ultimately canceled because of a clash of cultures — as well as a Comedy Central show in the lead up to Super Bowl 51 that was the network’s No. 1 series among the key 18- to 24-year-old demographic during its four-night run. Nardini is subverting expectations and trying to lead an irksome underdog to the digital media summit.

5. Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, Xumo (VIDEO) 

With over 140 digital channels of free premium programming, Xumo is a leading force in the ad-supported streaming TV industry. Over the last year, CEO Colin Petrie-Norris has led the company to increase viewership on the platform by 325 percent and user consumption by 90 percent.

To accomplish this growth, Petrie-Norris has been aggressive in helping lock down partnerships with companies like CBSN, PeopleTV, CollegeHumor, History and PGA tour. The CEO has also worked to integrate XUMO into the interface of select TVs and streaming devices, which now account for more than 90 percent of the traffic on the platform.

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6. Hannah Gadsby, performer 

Hannah Gadsby is in a strange spot. The Tasmanian stand-up comic recently been thrust into international fame, but she earned that fame by saying she wanted to quit comedy.

Gadsby’s sobering and widely acclaimed Netflix special “Nanette” begins as her usual brand of self-deprecating humor. But 17 minutes in, she drops the bombshell that what she’s been doing is “not humility. It’s humiliation.”

The special opens up wounds for Gadsby to grapple with her identity as a lesbian artist out in the open. She proceeds to call out straight white male artists and reveal how her comedy has only put up painful barriers in her life, deconstructing norms of jokes and stand-up along the way.

Her routine has led some (mostly male) critics to wonder if she’s even telling jokes or debate if what she’s doing can even be considered stand-up comedy. But there is no shaking how she has changed the comedy landscape. She screams in her special, “I am in my prime,” but it feels like Gadsby is only just getting started.

7. Toby Sun, CEO, Lime Bike  

The scooter craze of 2018 is real. In a little over a year, Lime became one of the leading electric scooter ride-share companies in a crowded market, expanding beyond its programs on college campuses to attract over 6 million riders to dockless electric scooters.

CEO Toby Sun, along with co-founder Brad Bao, have garnered $335 million to promote their smart mobility initiative and even have planned expansions to Israel and Austria. Hey, even Elijah Wood is getting in on the fun.

But in addition to working to outpace its competitors, Lime has battled to educate sometimes resistant cities on the benefits of ride-share programs and to fight lawsuits restricting access to where Lime scooters can operate — particularly after two recent cases of deaths involving riders. Still, Sun is committed to continuing the “movement” in spreading the reach of Lime and transforming urban transportation.

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8. Bo Burnham, Director 

Many comedians have turned to filmmaking and personal stories to transform their image and become something more than just a person who tells jokes. But for Bo Burnham, his debut feature film “Eighth Grade” turned the camera away from himself and onto a teenage girl, making for one of the most honest representations of teenage life in the modern, social-media-driven 21st century yet. And Burnham has done it all before turning 30.

The evolution comes as part of a 10-plus year career where Burnham has shifted between social-media star, stand-up comedian, musician, actor, writer and poet, a performer who has been taken seriously far beyond his years for some time. But with “Eighth Grade,” he’s managed to take yet another step, inspiring other comedians to find an outlet to tell stories other than just their own.  

9. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, playwright and activist

It’s a new day and in the era of #MeToo, Times Up and #OscarsSoWhite, and actress, playwright and activist Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni has helped lead the charge in developing and raising awareness for inclusion riders.

Frances McDormand created a stir when she accepted her 2018 Oscar for Best Actress and closed her speech by saying: “I have two words to leave you with tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion riders.”

There weren’t many people at the time who knew what an inclusion rider was, but Cox DiGiovanni was one of the few. Along with Stacy Smith, who developed the idea of inclusion riders while serving as director for the Inclusion Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication, Cox DiGiovanni encouraged childhood friend Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to adopt inclusion riders at their production company, Pearl Street Films, where she serves as head of strategic outreach.

And in conjunction with Smith and Washington lawyer Kalpana Kotagal, Cox DiGiovanna helped develop the legal language for inclusion riders that are being adopted around Hollywood with increasing frequency.

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10. Matt Stern, COO, Mira Augmented Reality (VIDEO) 

Augmented reality — where computer graphics are superimposed over the real world — has grabbed Silicon Valley’s attention. Spearheaded by Apple, the premier tech company on the planet, the tech world is betting big on AR becoming one of the defining sectors of the next decade. And Mira Augmented Reality aims to be at the forefront of that revolution.

Founded in 2016 by three USC students, the Los Angeles-based startup quickly won funding from a who’s who of investors, including Sequoia Capital, musician will.i.am, and Salesforce chief Marc Benioff.

Mira has sold thousands of its affordable headsets since last year, aiming to capitalize on the budding AR gaming market. Now, co-founder and COO Matt Stern says the company is developing both software and hardware for a myriad of industries, from telecom to aerospace and defense. AR isn’t just a new form of entertainment — it’s already reshaping how companies train their employees. Stern and his partners want Mira to be a key player in bringing AR to the masses.

11. Michael Wann, CEO, Mobcrush  (VIDEO) 

Mobcrush wants to make it easy for creators to reach their audiences. But with an increasingly stratified media landscape, it can be difficult for live streamers to pick which platform they’ll use to connect with their fans. That’s why Mobcrush and CEO Michael Wann don’t want it to be a choice.

The Santa Monica-based tech and entertainment company allows users to simultaneously broadcast themselves on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and Mobcrush’s own platform. As eSports grows into a multibillion-dollar industry, it’s become especially attractive to gamers looking to reach as many followers as possible.

Mobcrush also wants users to make money while streaming, offering up to $2,500 an hour in sponsorships to live stream. The company has raised $36 million in funding from investors such as KPCB, Evolution Media, Raine Ventures and First Round Capital.

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12. Karina Longworth, podcaster, author and Old Hollywood historian

Karina Longworth has the most modest of reasons for starting a podcast that has earned scores of imitators: “I felt, as someone who listens to podcasts, that there were never enough to listen to,” she said. “I didn’t think anybody would be bothered by my making it.”

No one was. What she started, back in 2014, is “You Must Remember This,” a deeply researched, gloriously resonant investigation of Hollywood’s first century, a mix of the the radio dramas of old and most perceptive documentaries of today. It has examined and often debunked Hollywood legends about the anti-communist blacklist, the Manson murders and Jane Fonda’s activism, taking Mulholland Drive-style turns through the lives of Mia Farrow, Lauren Bacall and all three past versions of “A Star Is Born.”

Longworth spent a prolific decade as a film writer before what she thought would be a small detour into podcasting. But within a year, the popularity of “You Must Remember This” made it a full-time job. The medium is now crowded with soundalike podcasts.

“It didn’t occur to me that there were things you could do and couldn’t do. … I was trying to create a new path and a new way of doing film history,” she said. “I never really needed this advice, because I just did it. But the thing that has been most useful to me was to leave a situation that wasn’t working for me.”

What she envisioned as a cross between “This American Life” and Kenneth Anger’s “Hollywood Babylon” came full circle this year with a season dedicated to exploring the gossip, innuendo and even occasional truth behind the latter, a treasure trove of dark Hollywood lore.

Stories she pulls from past generations — like her account of Fatty Arbuckle’s rape-and-manslaughter trials, almost a century before #MeToo — rhyme eerily with the stories of today. Her new book, “Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’ Hollywood,” is about a mogul for whom filmmaking and trying to control women went hand in hand.

Sean Burch, Jocelyn Johnson, Tim Molloy, Brian Welk and Trey Williams contributed to this report. 

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Michael Rapaport Sues Barstool Sports Over Herpes Accusations, Revenue From Agreement

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Michael Rapaport is calling foul on his former partner Barstool Sports, and he’s filed a lawsuit over it.

In a suit filed in federal court in New York on Tuesday, “I Am Rapaport” podcaster has taken Barstool Sports Inc., Barstool founder David Portnoy, and personalities Adam Smith, Kevin Clancy and Eric Nathan to task, saying that he is owed money from his brief business relationship with Barstool, and that Rapaport was defamed by multiple statements saying he has herpes.

According to the suit, in 2017 Rapaport and Barstool entered into an agreement in which BSI would “host, market and oversee sales” for Rapaport’s podcast “I Am Rapaport.” The suit goes on to say that BSI agreed that Rapaport would deliver a daily radio show for Barstool on SiriusXM, with BSI agreeing to pay Rapaport $600K for his videos and podcasts and $375,000 for “an in-development daily radio show” on Barstool’s SiriusXM channel.

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However, the suit alleges, when Barstool’s SiriusXM channel launched in January 2018, BSI “refused to include Mr. Rapaport’s daily radio show on its lineup and failed to pay Mr. Rapaport the $375,000 it had agreed to.”

The suit also says that shortly after Rapaport joined BSI, Barstool employees and personalities “began a systematic campaign to publicly and privately discredit, disparage and undermine Mr. Rapaport’s relationship with BSI as well as his credibility as an actor and performer.”

That campaign, the suit alleges, included a blog post written by Smith declaring Rapaport a “Fraudulent Sack of Sh–” and a tweet from Clancy referring to Rapaport as “a creepy herpes riddled failure.”

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According to the suit, as a as a result of the sabotage campaign, Portnoy publicly terminated Rapaport “without cause or justification” in February 2018, and Barstool refused to pay Rapaport the balance of the guaranteed payments due under the Talent Agreement.

On top of it all, according to the complaint, following Rapaport’s termination, Smith and others, “upped the ante and took their public campaign to defame and disparage Mr. Rapaport to an entirely new level” among by other methods, repeatedly and publicly stating that Rapaport “suffered from the sexually transmitted disease, herpes. These statements were made with actual malice and with a reckless disregard for the truth.”

The suit adds that Barstool also began selling T-shirts depicting Rapaport with a clown nose and a herpes sore beneath his lower lip.

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On the monetary front, the suit says that, of the $600,000 guaranteed under the Talent Agreement, only $200,000 has been paid so far. The suit also says that Barstool has failed to pay 60 percent of the net merchandise revenue as called for in the Talent Agreement.

TheWrap has reached out to Barstool for comment on the suit, which alleges breach of contract and defamation per se, and seeks unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Barstool Sports Chief Tells 20-Year-Old Female Staffer She Will Look Too ‘Gross’ for On-Camera Work in 5 Years

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy had an uncomfortable moment on his SiriusXM radio show Wednesday after telling a 20-year-old female employee that she would be too “gross” to appear on air in five years and that people would vomit at the sight of her.

“She’s not going to be able to put her face in front of a camera in five years because people will throw up,” Portnoy said of Ria Ciuffo. “There is no apology coming for that.”

An outraged Ciuffo demanded one anyway.

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“I work on camera and you’re saying in five years I won’t even be able to have a job. I want to be working here in five years. I want to be on camera. I want to stay here,” she said. “That is horrible. That is really horrible.”

Portnoy then suggested she might have to consider working behind the camera.

Show co-hosts Kevin Clancy and Liz Gonzales were on Ciuffo’s side, meekly urging Portnoy to retreat from the statement.

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The Barstool founder dug in, however, saying that it was just a joke and one that he would make to any male. He added that he wouldn’t allow women any special exemption from his particular brand of humor.

“It’s obviously a f–ing joke,” he insisted. “Honestly if you’re going to cry, walk your f–ing ass out the door. That’s how we built this company. So people want girls and guys treated the same? They are.”

Portnoy has increasingly become a lightning rod for his provocative brand of bro-centric content. Just last week, he offered a defense of Corey Lewandowski’s infamous “womp womp” moment on Fox News on the grounds that it was humorous.

“It’s laugh-out-loud funny when he does it,” said Portnoy. “To use the womp womp womp right there. That’s an all-time womp womp womp.”

The news was first reported by Deadspin.

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Barstool Sports Defends Corey Lewandowski’s ‘Womp Womp’ Comments

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Barstool Sports defended Corey Lewandowski’s widely derided “womp womp” moment. In the latest episode of the site’s show “Barstool Rundown,” Barstool’s Dave Portnoy, Sam Bozoian and Dan Katz said that regardless of what you think of what Lewandowski said, the moment was still funny.

“It’s laugh-out-loud funny when he does it,” said Portnoy. “To use the womp womp womp right there. That’s an all-time womp womp womp.”

“That is an all-time womp womp womp and the reply made me laugh even harder when the guy said ‘how dare you, how dare you. sir. Any time someone drops a sir,” added Katz. “He’s a terrible person, but you can still laugh at how ridiculously out of touch that was. “

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“Funny trumps everything,” said Bozoian after running some B-roll of Rachel Maddow crying. “We’ve said that here forever.”

The former Trump campaign manager spent much of this week doing damage control after saying “womp womp” in response to the news that a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome has been taken from her parents at the U.S. border. Lewandowski later explained on Fox News that his only intention was to mock the other guest on set, Democratic operative Zac Petkanas.

“I was mocking Zac, a liberal Democrat national committee activist who is doing nothing but politicizing the issue of making an example of one particular child,” he told Fox News host Sandra Smith Wednesday. “My comments were specifically about Zac trying to politicize the use of children as a political football in this discussion because the law is very clear.”

That explanation wasn’t enough however for Lewandowski’s speaker’s bureau, which dropped the Trump operative from its website on Thursday.

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Radio Host Fired After Pervy Comments About 17-Year-Old Olympian Chloe Kim

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A radio host in the San Francisco Bay Area has been fired for making inappropriate comments about 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim on SiriusXM’s Barstool Sports network.

On Tuesday, KNBR-AM host Patrick Connor called Kim — who is currently competing in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang — “fine as hell” while appearing on the program. Connor made other inappropriate comments, adding “the countdown is on” until the snowboarder’s 18th birthday.

KNBR-AM program director Jeremiah Crowe said in a statement Wednesday that the station fired Connor after the sexual remarks he made about Kim, according to ABC News. Connor then apologized for his “inappropriate” comments on Twitter.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy did not comment on Connor directly on Wednesday, but tweeted about the network’s sense of humor.

“Nothing is more important @barstoolsports than trying to bring humor to our fans lives,” Portnoy wrote. “Occasionally we miss the mark. Most of the time we don’t. Regardless we won’t let advertisers, crybabies and jealous people dictate what we do. You don’t like us? Don’t listen, watch or read.”

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Barstool Sports Hires Former Funny Or Die Exec Peter Morris In Top Business Role

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Peter Morris, a former exec at Imax and Funny or Die, is joining online upstart Barstool Sports to lead partnerships, distribution and business affairs.
In the new role, Morris will be charged with expanding audiences for the Chernin Group-backed company’s podcasts, video and branded content.
Morris was most recently EVP of entertainment at Imax. Before that, he was general counsel as well as head of business affairs and strategy at Funny or Die, where he oversaw…

Barstool Sports Host Called Out as Cheater by Wife on Social Media

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Barstool Sports host and blogger Kevin Clancy is being accused by his wife of cheating on her with a “mistress” — and it’s all publicly playing out on social media.

“Last night after I put my 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son to bed, I caught my husband sending messages to his mistress who he’s apparently been seeing since I was 8 months pregnant,” Caitlin Nugent Clancy wrote on her private Instagram, according to multiple reports including Page Six. “Days before I gave birth, he was at a hotel in Manhattan with her. Days after I gave birth, he was then, too. The [rug’s] been pulled out from underneath me.”

She added, “The kind, funny, relatable family man I thought I married is clearly lower, more insecure and more disrespectful than I ever imagined …. he’s already trashed her and dropped her like a hot potato behind her back so she’ll receive the same treatment I did. I never asked for my life and family to be so public, but since I know this is going to come out anyway, I wanted to set the truth [straight] before the public humiliation begins.”

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According to New York Daily News, she made the claims on Clancy’s @kfcbarstool account as well, but that has since been deleted.

On Friday, the host tweeted, “My wife and I are going through a hard time, I’m choosing to handle it privately for the sake of my kids.” On Saturday, he followed up with a video apologizing for ruining his family and his life because he acted “selfishly” and like “a coward.”

He asked for forgiveness and pledged to act better for the sake of his wife of three-plus years and kids.

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“I want to apologize and not run and hide from it,” he said. “Some details I do think should remain private for the sake of my kids.”

I’m sorry to my wife and kids and everybody I let down. pic.twitter.com/OoezCPXgEu

— KFC (@KFCBarstool) January 6, 2018

When the accusations surfaced on Friday, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy released a video statement.

“I didn’t want Barstool to be silent here,” he said. “It sucks. I’ll say what everybody else is probably thinking – KFC comes across as a scumbag here. But, again, we don’t know anything. I’m sure he’ll address when he sees the time is right… it’s a really bad situation that we wish didn’t happen.”

Emergency Press Conference – KFC Gate pic.twitter.com/9Yh7m1pFcm

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) January 5, 2018

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Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy is popping champagne — literally — over John Skipper’s resignation from ESPN.

And yes, he knows about the outgoing ESPN president’s “substance addiction” explanation. It doesn’t appear that he’s buying it.

“It is a huge victory for us, I love watching my enemies go down,” said a giddy Portnoy. “They say it’s substance abuse, that stinks for him, but it’s probably a cop-out.”

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Portnoy goes on to call Skipper “That ‘Roger Rabbit’ bad-guy looking motherf—er,” in the below “Emergency Press Conference.”

The ex-ESPN boss became the Boston loudmouth’s “enemy” after canceling Barstool’s “Van Talk” TV show after just one episode in October.

“ESPN needed us more than we need them,” Portnoy said in the aftermath. “Everybody is saying, ‘ESPN is not cool, no one is paying attention to ESPN, they’re all paying attention to the Barstools of the world.’ Why? Because we’re authentic.”

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“This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist,” Portnoy added. “We’re one of the few places — maybe the only place — on the Internet where we don’t let agendas dictate what we do.”

There was no love lost on Monday, either. Portnoy called Skipper a “clown,” and proclaimed “everyone knows I like dancing on graves, that’s my thing.” He did find a second to wish Skipper well, though — and set sarcasm alarms off across the country in the process — saying “get the help you need, John, get the help you need. Dead serious.”

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Watch the video here:

Emergency Press Conference – I think I murdered John Skipper pic.twitter.com/KhzMfiZW2T

— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) December 18, 2017

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Who Needs ESPN? Barstool Sports to Launch 24/7 Channel on SiriusXM

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Barstool Sports may not have a spot on ESPN anymore, but they are going be living at SiriusXM Radio 24/7 soon.

The sports and men’s lifestyle brand will launch a non-stop channel on the service in January 2018, which will air nationwide on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app. The channel is meant to capture Barstool Sports’ “funny, irreverent and unfiltered approach to covering sports, men’s lifestyle, popular culture and more.”

Barstool Sports president, Dave Portnoy, announced the news via an “emergency press conference” video on the website on Monday.

“We’re excited to build on our relationship with SiriusXM. They’ve been big believers in our brand and our voice,” Portnoy said in a press release from SiriusXM. “The results already speak for themselves this past year and the sky is the limit with this channel.”

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When it was announced back in October that ESPN had canceled the brand’s late-night talk show, “Barstool Van Talk,” after just one episode, Portnoy said he wasn’t exactly surprised, but it also wasn’t a huge loss in his eyes.

“ESPN needed us more than we need them,” Portnoy said during another “emergency press conference” that was live-streamed on Periscope on Oct. 23. “Everybody is saying, ‘ESPN is not cool, no one is paying attention to ESPN, they’re all paying attention to the Barstools of the world.’ Why? Because we’re authentic.”

“This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist,” Portnoy told fans. “We’re one of the few places — maybe the only place — on the internet where we don’t let agendas dictate what we do.”

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Portnoy didn’t apologize for remarks he made three years ago about ESPN “Morning Countdown” host Sam Ponder that were widely viewed as sexist and that may have prompted the show’s cancellation, directly or indirectly. The man nicknamed “El Presidente” does wish he worded that self-described “rant” a bit differently.

Earlier that month, sports journalist Elika Sadeghi tweeted out a portion of a contract she was asked to sign for the company that requested she consent to not be offended by a number of unorthodox business practices.

“I acknowledge that I may be privy to conversations where offensive speech, (e.g. their work, scripts or roles that involve nudity, sexual scenarios, racial epithets, suggestive gestures, profanity and references to stereotypes) is utilized,” the contract read. “I understand and acknowledge that as part of my job I may be exposed to speech and conduct that is explicitly related to sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and age.”

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The response to the tweet was divisive, with it being denounced by both Portnoy and Barstool CEO Erika Nardini.

Barstool’s partnership with SiriusXM isn’t totally new, as the two teamed up last December to launch Barstool Radio on SiriusXM, hosted by Portnoy, Kevin “KFC” Clancy and more Barstool bros.

The new 24/7 channel’s lineup will feature that program, other existing Barstool podcasts and some yet-to-be announced original shows.

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“Barstool has a very unique and compelling voice in today’s media landscape and SiriusXM’s uncensored national platform is the perfect way for that voice to reach and interact live with fans across the country,” read the press release from SiriusXM. “The daily Barstool Radio show that launched a year ago has been very well received and the new channel will deliver Barstool’s brand of entertainment to SiriusXM listeners on a much larger scale 365 days a year.”

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More Layoffs to Shake Up ESPN by End of This Year

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More layoffs are set to hit ESPN soon, TheWrap has confirmed. This, even after a spring bloodbath that saw 100 on-air personalities losing their posts in a single day.

The Sporting News first reported a new upcoming round of cuts, with well-sourced writer Michael McCarthy placing the number at between 40-60 and timing in late November or early December. One person with knowledge of the ongoing restructuring told TheWrap that another round was looming, though the headcount is not set in stone.

Our insider said that this round is all about efficiency and cutting down on duplication. After all, the media landscape is nothing like it used to be, and few places are feeling the effects as much as the Disney-owned sports giant.

ESPN declined comment on this story when reached by TheWrap.

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ESPN is certainly not alone in the notion that the media behemoths from decades’ past must become leaner — or at least reallocate resources. For example, ESPN’s new ACC Network will be hiring as its parent company is pink-slipping — so it’s not going to be a total headcount loss overall.

Still, it’s been a rough couple of years for the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and cord-cutting has disproportionately impacted the priciest non-premium cable channel. That subscriber loss has been hard to absorb, particularly with the pricey talent contracts and sports rights ESPN had compiled over the years.

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And then there is the public perception problem. ESPN has had more than its share of PR issues to deal with lately.

On Monday, the channel canceled “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode after ESPN personality Sam Ponder resurfaced sexist remarks Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy made about her back in 2014. And then there is the Jemele Hill issue — the channel’s “SC6” host can’t stop getting herself into hot water through Twitter.

Hill is nowhere near the first personality to get herself suspended for public comments that go against the Disney brand. Nor is her offense the worst of the bunch: Ryen Russillo was arrested late this summer for entering a stranger’s bedroom naked.

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There are more examples of misbehavior inside the Mouse House’s sports-media halls, but there is no need to kick a company when it’s down.

To the contrary, it is important to point out here that for all ESPN’s lost talent and subscribers, the Bristol, Connecticut-headquartered company is still No. 1 in the business — and by a lot. And its problems are certainly not unique to ESPN — they’re just so much more pronounced at the top of the heap.

Still, don’t get too close to anyone, newbie Katie Nolan — it’s unclear who will still be your colleague come Christmas.

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Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy isn’t surprised that ESPN canceled late-night talk show “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode. He’s also not exactly losing sleep over it.

“ESPN needed us more than we need them,” Portnoy said Monday night during an “emergency press conference” livestreamed on Periscope. “Everybody is saying, ‘ESPN is not cool, no one is paying attention to ESPN, they’re all paying attention to the Barstools of the world.’ Why? Because we’re authentic.”

“This is exactly why Barstool Sports has to exist,” Portnoy told his loyal audience. “We’re one of the few places — maybe the only place — on the Internet where we don’t let agendas dictate what we do.”

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Portnoy still didn’t apologize for remarks he made three years ago about ESPN “Morning Countdown” host Sam Ponder that were widely viewed as sexist and that may have prompted the show’s cancellation, directly or indirectly. The man nicknamed “El Presidente” does wish he worded that self-described “rant” a bit differently.

“She got accomplished what she wanted to get accomplished,” Portnoy said of Ponder, later referring to it as “a grudge move” on her part.

Portnoy, who tipped his cap to Ponder for resurfacing the remarks one day before “Van Talk” debuted, asserted that “95 percent” of ESPNers actually like Barstool.

He called out Sarah Spain specifically as another employee of the Disney-owned network who most certainly does not — though Portnoy said that her beef stems from the fact that the “Around the Horn” regular just wants her own series.

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“I actually get why ESPN canceled the show,” he added on the social pressures levied against their short-lived allegiance.

“Anyone who thinks that ESPN executives wanted to cancel this show are nuts,” Portnoy said of the Big Cat vehicle, which literally takes place inside of a vehicle. “They’re a Walt Disney company. They gotta cater to what all the complaints and the few say. We do not. We will not. This is not our first controversy.”

“People who have been with us forever know we’re not sexist, we’re not chauvinistic, we’re not anything,” he concluded. “We make fun of everybody.”

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Michael Rapaport has weighed in on ESPN’s quick cancellation of “Barstool Van Talk,” saying that the sports network yanked the show after one episode “to send a message,” calling out what he characterized as the “self righteous chumps” at ESPN.

Rapaport fired up his Twitter account on Monday, shortly after ESPN president John Skipper announced the cancellation.

“ESPN cancelled @barstoolsports Van Talk to send a message of some sortve Dick Swinging Power.@SarahSpain & them are self righteous chumps,” Rapaport, whose Podcast “I Am Rapaport” is carried by Barstool Sports, wrote, referring to ESPN columnist and radio host Sarah Spain, who according to The Big Lead sent emails to ESPN executives stating that she was wary of the network partnering with Barstool.

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Spain wasn’t the only one at ESPN who was apparently unhappy with the collaboration with Barstool. Last week ESPN’s “Morning Countdown” host Sam Ponder blasted Barstool Sports over what she called “horrific personal attacks” on women, and specifically women at ESPN.

“I am disappointed that we are promoting a company name that still maintains support for horrific personal attacks against multiple women within ESPN,” Ponder tweeted.

In his statement Monday, Skipper acknowledged that ESPN and Barstool weren’t exactly an ideal match.

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“While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content,” Skipper wrote.

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ESPN Cancels ‘Barstool Van Talk’ After Just 1 Episode

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Last call just came early for “Barstool Van Talk.” ESPN has canceled the Barstool Sports show after airing just a single episode of the program — and even that one was only telecast in the highly un-coveted 1 a.m. time slot on ESPN2.

That said, the short-lived series itself wasn’t the problem here, ESPN brass said — at issue was where it came from. Barstool Sports has come under fire recently for sexist remarks made by the company’s president, David Portnoy, and what many critics see as a generally misogynistic culture. Disney don’t play that.

Last week, ESPN’s “Morning Countdown” host Sam Ponder battled back and forth with the blog over one such post that called her out specifically. Sounds like her bosses were listening.

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“While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content,” ESPN president John Skipper said of Monday’s cancellation.

“Apart from this decision, we appreciate the efforts of Big Cat and PFT Commenter,” he continued. “They delivered the show they promised.”

Read Skipper’s full statement below.

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Statement from ESPN President John Skipper about Barstool Van Talk: pic.twitter.com/ysgSKDvmjx

— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) October 23, 2017

Watch the lone episode of ESPN’s “Barstool Van Talk” above.

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Sam Ponder isn’t exactly rolling out the welcome wagon to her new colleagues from Barstool Sports.

ESPN’s “Morning Countdown” host Ponder lashed out at Barstool on Monday, as ESPN2 prepared to launch its late-night offering “Barstool Van Talk.”

In a tweet published Monday, Ponder issued a sarcasm-laced welcome to “Barstool Van Talk” personalities Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

“Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly),” Ponder tweeted, along with a screen shot of comments she appeared to attribute to Katz.

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“Seriously you sound like a KO Barstool freak, not a chick that has a job where the #1 requirement is you make men hard. So give it a rest with your righteous indignation. Your entire career and livelihood is based on appealing to guys like me and blogs like ours,” the screen shot read. “Bottomline is guys thinking chicks are hot is natural. It’s Darwinism. It’s never gonna change. But that doesn’t mean we don’t respect women and think it’s okay to hit a woman. I have no idea what’s so confusing about that. Go f–k yourself.”

Katz replied with a clarification that the comments were not his, adding that he has defended Ponder.

“Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome. I just want to clear one thing up, I didn’t write this blog post (you make it seem like I did) and the rundown you reference I actually defended you,” Katz wrote.

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After which, Ponder pivoted to take aim at Barstool Sports boss Dave Portnoy.

“I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along,” Ponder tweeted Tuesday. “It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify.”

On Wednesday, Portnoy continued to reflect on the topic, posting a series of tweets that read in part, “I am disappointed that we are promoting a company name that still maintains support for horrific personal attacks against multiple women within ESPN.”

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“I am speaking up not to say ‘I am perfect, be like me’ but rather ‘where do we draw a line, what are our standards?’” Ponder added. “I don’t meet my own standards sometimes. This does not mean we throw the standard away. This means we get better. We speak up. We listen. We get better.”

Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly) pic.twitter.com/AzgfdDx2FK

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 16, 2017

Hey Sam, thanks for the welcome. I just want to clear one thing up, I didn’t write this blog post (you make it seem like I did) and the rundown you reference I actually defended you.

– Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 17, 2017

I was wrong in thinking @BarstoolBigCat wrote that article & called me a slut repeatedly. He just continuously laughed along. It was the PRESIDENT of @barstoolsports who said these things. Happy to clarify.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 17, 2017

1/4 Let me save some researchers time????: I have been immature at times. I’ve been unkind. A gossip. Insecure. Prideful. Selfish. Legalistic. Self-righteous. & on & on. This is my story. My testimony. I’m not who I was. I didn’t have to stay that way.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

2/4 The sins & immaturity of my past do not mean I can never speak up for what is right & good. & I have no problem taking the heat that inevitably comes. “You hypocrite!” Yes, yes I have been one. Many times, actually. This is my story. A mess of a human, saved by grace.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

3/4 I can simultaneously admit my own flaws & failings & say yes, I am disappointed that we are promoting a company name that still maintains support for horrific personal attacks against multiple women within ESPN.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

4/4 I am speaking up not to say “I am perfect, be like me” but rather “where do we draw a line, what are our standards?” I don’t meet my own standards sometimes. This does not mean we throw the standard away. This means we get better. We speak up. We listen. We get better.

– Sam Ponder (@sam_ponder) October 18, 2017

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Sports journalist Elika Sadeghi took a turn in the viral spotlight Wednesday after she tweeted out a portion of a contract she was asked to sign for Barstool Sports.

Beyond the usual legal jargon, the agreement asked Sadeghi to consent to not be offended by a number of unorthodox business practices.

“I acknowledge that I may be privy to conversations where offensive speech, (e.g. their work, scripts or roles that involve nudity, sexual scenarios, racial epithets, suggestive gestures, profanity and references to stereotypes) is utilized,” the contract read. “I understand and acknowledge that as part of my job I may be exposed to speech and conduct that is explicitly related to sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability, and age.”

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Sadeghi redacted the employers name, but of course, these things have a way of coming out and Barstool was swiftly identified.

They wanted me to sign this. I refused, for multiple reasons. I ultimately decided I didn’t want it, even if I was exempt from signing this. pic.twitter.com/3psAPIvKrQ

– Elika (@steakNstiffarms) October 11, 2017

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Sadeghi said that she immediately decided to refuse the position, even if the company agreed to remove the language.

I decided to walk, even if they removed it. How could I work for them, knowing it exists? But would I have walked, if I needed the money?

– Elika (@steakNstiffarms) October 11, 2017

Sadeghi did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

Her offense at the non-offense clause was denounced by both Barstool founder Steve Portnoy and CEO Erika Nardini.

We have a zero tolerance harassment policy.

– Erika K Nardini (@EKANardini) October 12, 2017

Still, it was not enough for some online who responded with a hearty round of outrage.

Man I wonder why they’d have that clause in their contract pic.twitter.com/YTc5id0NhA

– Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) October 11, 2017

This is your reminder that Barstool is the damn worst https://t.co/JXaxulavXw

– Puig Fan Account (@JacobRude) October 11, 2017

So after all these women came out on Weinstein after being afraid to for years, Barstool says a woman revealed a contract for attention https://t.co/bx7ymLGF9Z

– Eric Lauzin (@Lauzin) October 11, 2017

I’m unfollowing everything barstool. That contract is disgusting and you trying to rationalize it is disgraceful.

– Brian Lenahan???????? (@BrianLenahan) October 12, 2017

I’m shocked that Barstool has a ridiculous unenforceable contract designed to intimidate employees. Unbelievable!

– Kyle Boddy (@drivelinebases) October 11, 2017

Opinion, however, was not unified and Barstool also had some defenders.

Sexual assault is not acceptable anywhere. Heck, most if not all of what Barstool does I find to be extremely distasteful.

But that contract doesn’t include anything of a physical nature. Only verbal. From what I see at least.

– Doug Moore (@DMooreNFL) October 11, 2017

All that being said, the employment contract issue is almost certainly the fault of shitty parent co. lawyers and not Barstool.

– raj (@internetraj) October 12, 2017

Bottom line: this is all drama over legal language. I have ZERO concerns bc everyone at Barstool always treats each other like fam.

– KFC (@KFCBarstool) October 11, 2017

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