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Big Cat, Dave Portnoy Lay Into Rico Bosco’s Work Ethic

“The contentious conversation continued to escalate after Portnoy said to Bosco “You get away with murder.”

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On last Friday’s episode of the Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Company; Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy offered an ultimatum to sports gambling handicapper Rico Bosco. The details of the Ultimatum were simply that Rico Bosco had to be present in the Barstool office every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to co-host Barstool Sports daily gambling show called Picks Central.

If Bosco failed to comply with being present in the Barstool office on Monday, then Portnoy declared that Bosco would be replaced by his longtime sports gambling nemesis named Jeff Nadu. Fast-forward to Monday and Rico was nowhere to be found at the Barstool office.

The highly anticipated confrontation began with the co-host Eddie introducing Rico Bosco by saying “As you can see leading off here there’s a guest in the studio. We have Rico Bosco, who seems very unhappy”. Portnoy would quickly follow the introduction with “He seems unhappy with you Eddie, he called you sandwich boy”.

The contentious conversation continued to escalate after Portnoy said to Bosco “You get away with murder. You get away with more than anybody else. I said exactly what I was going to do. When in the history of Barstool did I do that with any employee where I tell them they have to be here on this day, and just didn’t show up. That’s the end of the company! You can’t respect your coach, you can’t respect your leader, you can’t respect your parents…”.

After a few small back-and-forths between Portnoy and Bosco, Big Cat took a shot at explaining the principle of the ultimatum. Big Cat said, “…we got a horse, we want him to run. Sometimes he walks and sometimes he runs. When we put a carrot in front of you named Nadu-du-du (referencing Bosco’s rival Jeff Nadu) you run faster than any horse I have ever seen in my life. When you eat the carrot you then trot and trot and trot”.

Portnoy followed Big Cat’s analogy by telling Bosco “Your bread and butter is Pick Em’ (Barstool Sports gambling show) and college football”. This is when Bosco finally made an effort in defending his honor by saying “I need an opportunity here”.

He then completely erupted and starting screaming “PICK EM’, PICK EM’, PICK EM’, AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL… OVERLAPPED WITH BENCH MOB (Barstool Sports podcast on college basketball)”. He continued to yell “THEY DON’T DO IT IN JULY. FIND ME A COLLEGE GAME BEING PLAYED RIGHT NOW…”.

The conversation then switched gears to the topic of Rico Bosco making bad gambling picks as of late. To sum everything up Portnoy thought Rico Bosco was becoming complacent. Portnoy wanted to motivate Bosco with the consequence of getting his job taken by a rival handicapper (Jeff Nadu). Only time will tell if Rico Bosco finally learned the lesson that some things are bigger than sports.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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