If you were unaware of Barstool’s Call Her Daddy podcast one month ago, you’ve likely heard about it now. In recent weeks, drama circled the podcast’s hosts Alex Cooper and Sofia Franklyn as they attempted to negotiate new contracts one year into their tenure with Barstool.
As Franklyn’s boyfriend, HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson reportedly intervened, the contract demands became outrageous and paused the podcast in early April. Now Cooper is ready to resume the show, returning to Barstool without her co-host Sofia Franklyn. Cooper uploaded a 30-minute video to YouTube announcing she agreed to a new deal with Barstool which will see her host Call Her Daddy as a solo effort.
“At the end of the day, what it comes down to, is that I am very aware that this brand, the Daddy Gang, is bigger than Sofia and me. Much bigger. And I am so f - - king excited to get the show back on the air and continue to talk about sex…and blowjobs…and talk about shitty one-night stands…and get into it. And I think that it f – – king sucks because the excitement I have, I wish Sofia had had that day on Dave’s rooftop,” Cooper said.
According to Kirsten Fleming of The New York Post, “that day on Dave’s rooftop” refers to a meeting Cooper and Franklyn had with Portnoy, where he offered them a guaranteed $500k salary base, plus incentives as well as handing them the Call Her Daddy intellectual property rights.
According to Cooper, their initial deal with Barstool agreed to pay the duo $75,000 in year one, $85,000 in the second year and $100,000 for the third. After quickly outperforming their contract, Cooper and Franklyn received raises three months into the deal.
Last week, Portnoy released a Call Her Daddy episode of his own, to explain the podcast drama and stated Cooper made $506k and Franklyn earned $461k in their first year after renegotiations. Yet Franklyn’s HBO exec boyfriend allegedly continued to increase the hosts’ list of demands.
After their meeting on Dave’s rooftop, Cooper said it became clear the hosts wanted different things, believing Franklyn ultimately wanted them to ditch Barstool and start a new show. Franklyn, meanwhile, posted an Instagram video stating she feels “betrayed” by Cooper, believing her co-host went behind her back in an attempt to take control of the show. “I am willing to do Call Her Daddy. I really am. I just can’t do it under the circumstances that she wants,” Franklyn said.
While Cooper is back with Barstool and says she’ll have a new episode out Wednesday, May 27, the drama surrounding this podcast likely isn’t over. Monday morning, after Cooper agreed to return, Portnoy said Barstool CEO Erika Nardini received a call from media proprietor Scooter Braun on behalf of Franklyn’s boyfriend and HBO exec Peter Nelson. According to Portnoy, the call was an attempt at getting Franklyn 50% of Call Her Daddy back.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.