Barstool Sports Raises Money For Fallen Chicago Police Officer
“The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today.”
The Barstool Sports Chicago office and the Stoolies rallied together to successfully raise a quarter million dollars in approximately 72 hours for the family of fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French; who tragically lost her life in a senseless act of violence on Saturday night. Police Officer Ella French was a hero in Chicago after saving a one month old baby’s life that had been shot in July.
The call to action began on August 9th, when the tragic loss of Officer Ella French was brought to the forefront of social media by the Barstool Chicago office.
In a blog post, Barstool Carl wrote “Personally I would rather talk about Ella French right now. The 29 year-old that spent her young life dedicated to protecting Chicago. A passionate and respected and loved member of her community out doing her job and taking care of family just like the rest of us. Except her job consistently required her to put her life in danger at the sake and expense of public safety. And now she’s gone at the hands of senseless violence that never seems to stop. At time it feels nothing less than hopeless”.
Barstool Carl would go on to end the blog by stating “Help raise money for Ella French’s family and buy a shirt. All proceeds obviously going to them”.
The message was echoed from Barstool Sports Chicago personalities; such as Barstool Eddie, White Sox Dave, Barstool Chief, Dante the Don, and Big Cat.
The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today, which is the perfect example of how powerful a group of people are when they come together for one cause.
I reached to Barstool Carl in a private message via Twitter and asked, “What does it say about this company and the Stoolies that they are able to rally together so quickly for such a good cause”?
He responded by saying, “It was everyone at Barstool Chicago. Not just me. That’s important. Equal efforts. It’s amazing how quickly and rapidly Stoolies can rally around a common cause. This is another example of our audience rising to the occasion to support our local communities. They’re the absolute best. I couldn’t be prouder to work on their behalf for such an impactful company. Hopefully we can continue to raise money and awareness to actively support those who protect us”.
I also spoke with White Sox Dave, who said “I think the answer to why it hasn’t been covered by the mainstream media is twofold: 1. the mainstream doesn’t want to give us credit for anything at ALL because that hurts their narrative that we’re satan reincarnated. They know we do a ton of good work with charity, and 100% know it’s good, but they would rather be miserable and get their clicks and RTs than be rational on any level. I also think that it isn’t covered because of how the media tends to slant politically. Normal people know that most cops are good, some are bad, some are exceptional, but mostly just normal people trying to make a living. Somewhere along the way that living become vilified”.
Collin Lunsford is based in North Carolina and covers Barstool Sports for BSM. He has contributed to ESPN Charlotte, The Hickory Daily Record, and owns and operates the NC-Collective. He can be reached on Twitter @CollinLuns or by email at CollinLunsford@gmail.com.
Dave Portnoy: I Trust Penn Entertainment as Much as Ever
“Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.”
Dave Portnoy may have had some public disagreements with Penn Entertainment, but he says that he still trusts the company to run Barstool. He took to Twitter earlier this week to dispel the myth that he is in a feud with the company.
“By the way everything I say or do nowadays is construed as me having beef with @PENNEntertain I 100% do not. Most of my net worth is still tied to $penn. The corporate woke overlord narrative is bullshit. They woulda never bought us in 1st place if that was true. I trust them now as much as when they bought us.”
Portnoy has not been shy about criticizing the company’s decision to fire Ben Mintz after Mintz said the n-word while reading rap lyrics. Several supporters, including Dana White, noted that it is the kind of decision that only happens when corporations take over creative enterprises.
Earlier this week, Dave Portnoy announced that he had hired Ben Mintz as the first employee of Brick Watch Company. Mintz was emotional in making the announcement. The decision was not made to stick it to Penn Entertainment according to Portnoy.
Penn first acquired a stake in Barstool in 2020. It invested $163 million at that time for a 36% stake. Earlier this year, it completed its acquisition, investing an addition $388 million for the remaining 62% of the company.
Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.
Multiple State Regulators Push Back on Effort to Legalize Gambling on WWE
“In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.”
Despite speculation over allowing sports bettors to wager on WWE, there doesn’t appear to be much support at the state level to add it to sportsbook offerings.
Earlier this year, WWE officials had discussions with accounting firm Ernst and Young to secure pre-determined match outcomes in order to allow betting on events. But many states where sports betting is legal have restrictions on wagering on scripted events.
In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.
“The Colorado Division of Gaming is not currently and has not considered allowing sports betting wagers on WWE matches. By statute, wagers on events with fixed or predicted outcomes or purely by chance are strictly prohibited in Colorado; this includes wagers on the Academy Awards,” Shannon Gray of the Colorado Division of Gaming told Sports Betting Dime.
In Ohio, the same rules apply. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not fielded any requests to add WWE. Officials in Kansas haven’t received requests either by their residents.
Elsewhere, Maryland sees keeping WWE out of betting offerings as a way to keep the integrity of legal sports betting.
“Maryland’s sports wagering law and regulations prohibit forms of wagering that are contrary to public interest or unfair to bettors,” Seth Elkin of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency added. “We’ve determined that it is unfair to bettors and therefore not in the public’s interest to accept wagers on sports entertainment events that have scripted or predetermined outcomes, like professional wrestling.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional 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, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Former Twitter Sports Boss TJ Adeshola Joins Arctos Partners
“We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
Less than two months after TJ Adeshola announced his exit from Twitter, he has resurfaced. Arctos Partners, a firm that he had been advising, named Adeshola an operating partner on Thursday.
In the new role, Adeshola will be much more hands-on with the firm, a private investment company that focuses its investments in the sports world. The firm says it focuses on unlocking “non-obvious opportunities long before others have noticed the market need or opportunity”.
TJ Adeshola’s digital sports marketing expertise will certainly come in handy with that.
“We believe TJ is an innovator in emerging digital and sports media trends, and his wealth of knowledge is a tremendous resource for our Arctos Operating Platform, the value-added capabilities we provide to our franchise partners,” Arctos’s Jordan Solomon said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
During his decade with Twitter, Adeshola served as the Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships. His title was Head of Global Content Partnerships at the time of his exit.
He is credited with securing broad strategic partnerships with the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as NASCAR, esports, college, and high school sports. He helped the platform grow the engagement and audience for those entities.
“I’m thrilled to expand my role with Arctos as an Operating Partner,” Adeshola added. “As the first investment firm to invest across multiple North American sports leagues, Arctos is an innovator and disruptor in the sports landscape. And true to form, the Arctos team recognizes the power of digital media as a tool for growth and an opportunity to drive value for its franchise partners.”