Steve Cohen’s rise on Twitter was brief. Less than three months after he purchased the Mets, the hedge-fund billionaire deleted his social media account.
If Cohen was going to cancel his Twitter account, I would have predicted a controversy with the Mets as the likely cause, but instead, it happened in the wake of Reddit users rallying their support for GameStop.
I’m not a financial pundit, so I don’t know if the decision by Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management to bail out Melvin Capital influenced the shady restrictions on people trying to purchase GameStop stock. But Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, who doubles as “Davey Day Trader” suggested jail for Cohen and seemingly led to the end of his Twitter fun.
“PRISON TIME” Portnoy wrote Thursday, linking Cohen and other hedge-fund billionaires to the tweet.
And with that, three months after Cohen started engaging with baseball fans on Twitter, the new Mets owner felt he was ready to enter the ring with a social media elite in Portnoy.
“Hey Dave, What’s your beef with me. I’m just trying to make a living just like you. Happy to take this offline,” Cohen replied.
Portnoy had the gun pointed at Cohen. But the Mets owner kept his responses poised, simple and denied any charges that were thrown at him, causing Dave to back off and even acknowledge appreciation for the exchange.
Despite the appreciation, Portnoy later said he does not believe Cohen was handless in halting trade on GameStop and other Reddit rallied stocks. And apparently, neither did a lot of Cohen’s Twitter following. After reengaging with Portnoy on Twitter Friday, Cohen deleted his social media account that night.
Saturday, Cohen released a statement explaining his decision to delete his Twitter account, citing “personal threats.”
“I’ve really enjoyed the back and forth with Mets fans on Twitter which was unfortunately overtaken this week by misinformation unrelated to the Mets that led to our family getting personal threats,” the statement read. “So I’m going to take a break for now. We have other ways to listen to your suggestions and remain committed to doing that.
“I love our team, this community, and our fans, who are the best in baseball. Bottom line is that this week’s events in no way affect our resources and drive to put a championship team on the field. #LGM!”
Cohen also drew the ire of WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason, who vowed to never attend another Mets game “until I find out exactly what’s going on here.” Referring to Cohen’s possible connection with swiftly imposed restrictions on trading apps.
“Hey, I don’t want to hear that from you, you know what I mean?” Esiason said Friday morning. “You hedge-fund billionaire. Just keep your mouth shut.”
Just another NFL-millionaire calling out a hedge-fund billionaire.
NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media
“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.
New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.
Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.
The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.
Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts
“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.
“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”
The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.
Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.
“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”
Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field
“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”
Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.
The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.
The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.
Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.
According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.