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.
David Letterman Questions Kevin Durant At Nets Media Days
“Letterman is an Indianapolis, IN, native, leaving plenty of questions surrounding his involvement in Nets Media Day.”
NBA Media Days are happening throughout the country, and the Brooklyn Nets had a famous visitor come and crash the party. David Letterman made himself right at home in press row, asking Kevin Durant some obvious and not so obvious questions.
The Nets star player didn’t give any tells as to whether he recognized Letterman or not, but he did answer the questions. Letterman hit him with a hard-hitter off the top, asking the forward why people call him “KD.”
“My first name is Kevin, with a K, and my last name is Durant, with a D,” Durant responded with an emotionless face. Letterman took a shot at a typical press conference question, asking Durant what percent effort he is giving in 2021.
“One hundred and 10,” Durant quipped back. David Letterman then asked the forward if he could play for the New York Knicks on his off days.
“Kevin, I just got off the phone with the Dolan Family,” Letterman began. “They said they are talking to the commissioner now, they’re looking at working a contractual deal that will allow you to, when you’re not playing for the Nets… you’ll be able to play for the Knicks. Comments?”
“Alright Dave,” Durant answered. “That was the last one.”
Durant almost made it through the ordeal without cracking a smile, but then the Pelicans came up.
“What about the Pelicans?” David Letterman asked. “When you guys play the Pelicans, does it kind of make you giggle?”
Durant chuckled as he responded, “yeah.”
Letterman announced himself as “Dave from Basketball Digest.” The publication actually existed from 1977-2005 but hasn’t been published in almost two decades.
The entertainer retired from The Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. He has since been hosting My Next Guest Needs No Introduction on Netflix.
Bob Chapek: ESPN Will Be ‘More Aggressive In Sports Betting’
It seems it is only a matter of time until Disney will partner with a major sportsbook on a licensing deal.
Disney is slowly dipping their foot into the sports betting industry. Disney’s ESPN has been making sports betting a far bigger topic in their programming, launching a variety of shows focused on sports betting including The Daily Wager and ESPN Bet.
Along with this, ESPN promoted executive Mike Morrison to Vice President of sports betting and fantasy for the company. It seems it is only a matter of time until Disney will partner with a major sportsbook on a licensing deal, as they have already met with Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings to discuss a partnership.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said at a Goldman Sachs investor conference that the company will be ”more aggressive in sports betting” by exploring a partnership deal for the company.
Sources previously told Front Office Sports that ”Everything is on the table” for ESPN to generate revenue in the sports betting industry.
ESPN is reportedly seeking around $3 Billion in a multiyear deal to attach its name to an existing sportsbook. Sports Illustrated struck a deal along those lines recently partnering with 888 Holdings.
With the CEO himself backing up reports that ESPN is very interested to dive head first into sports betting, it seems inevitable that viewers will soon be able to place wagers with ESPN having some sort of stake in it.
Perry Michael Simon Upped To SVP/Editor-In-Chief At All Access
“Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years.”
Perry Michael Simon has a new job title at All Access. He is now the SVP/Editor-In-Chief, News/Talk/Sports/Podcasting Editor.
Simon has been part of the industry site for 24 years. He has attended many conferences, interviewed many leaders and broadcasters, and processed and reported a lot of information in that time. The promotion is well-deserved.
“I’m looking forward to building on All Access‘ tradition of being the most complete and accurate source of information about the radio, music, podcasting and associated industries, Perry Michael Simon said in a press release. “I’m grateful to Joel for his confidence in me and for granting me my wish of having a title that’s too long for a business card, and I promise that I will keep the Philadelphia sports references to a reasonable amount.”
Prior to joining All Access, Simon programmed New Jersey 101.5 in the Philadelphia area and KLSX in Los Angeles. He also served as an on-air host and operations manager at what used to be Y107 in Los Angeles. The station flipped from modern rock to Spanish hits shortly after his exit in the late 90s.
In the publishing world, All Access isn’t the only place Perry Michael Simon has enjoyed success. He spent six years overseeing Nerdist as the site’s Editor-In-Chief.
“Perry’s leadership and creativity will continue our growth of 26 years in serving the ever-expanding radio/audio, music/streaming, podcasting and social media industries and their many platforms with the very best information served up on-demand on the AllAccess.com site, mobile, email and associated social media platforms,” the site’s President and Publisher Joel Denver added.
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