Barstool Sports is losing one of its most recognizable names. According to the New York Post‘s Ryan Glasspiegel, Jared Carrabis is leaving Barstool for DraftKings.
Best known for his baseball analysis and commentary, notably relating to the Boston Red Sox, Carrabis had been with Barstool since 2014. As Glasspiegel reported, scrutinizing Barstool fans noted that Carrabis removed Barstool from his Twitter bio and his Section 10 podcast was no longer available on the Barstool Sports website.
Carrabis’s status at Barstool had been a topic of speculation among the site and community’s fans. Kirk Minihane and Barstool CEO Erika Nardini even publicly discussed Carrabis’s contract status on the Token CEO podcast with Minihane jokingly acting as his representative in negotiations. (That part of the conversation can be heard at the 20:00 mark of the video below.)
“I’m ready to make the offer right now,” said Minihane. “Three years, $35,000 a year.” Minihane added that Carrabis was worried he wouldn’t receive a contract offer. The guess is that he’ll earn considerably more with DraftKings.
Barstool founder Dave Portnoy told Glasspiegel that he was “happy” for Carrabis and encouraged him to take the DraftKings offer.
“Making money matters here now not 10 years down the road,” said Portnoy of his longtime friend. “I told him that he should take that offer. I’ll miss him though. But that is our model. Build stars from the ground up and then replace them if they get mega deals.”
Carrabis posted an image on Twitter which appeared to be a farewell to Barstool and nod to his now-former colleagues.
DraftKings has been adding sports media personalities in recent months, attempting to reach fans of those figures and attract them to their sports betting products. Mike Golic Sr. and Jessica Smetana are among those who joined the company most recently, while the sportsbook partnered with The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz in a major sponsorship and distribution deal. Carrabis should bring his considerable following with him to his new venture.
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Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
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