Barstool President Dave Portnoy isn’t banned from NFL games. At least, commissioner Roger Goodell said under oath in front of congress that he is not aware of any formal ban on El Pres.
Goodell testified willingly to the House Oversight Committee investigating the Washington Commanders on Wednesday. Jim Jordan asked the commissioner, who joined the hearing via Zoom about the issue.
“Why do you ban Dave Portnoy from NFL games?” the Ohio Republican asked. “He’s a journalist. In fact, he’s a sports journalist.”
There is a well-documented history of Portnoy’s run-ins with the NFL. It is hard to believe that Roger Goodell is not familiar with them.
Dave Portnoy isn’t buying it. He responded to Goodell’s comments on Twitter.
Portnoy was among those arrested outside of NFL headquarters in 2015 after he staged a protest against Tom Brady’s suspension for Deflategate. He and PFT Commenter were arrested again after sneaking into Super Bowl Media Day in 2018. He was literally dragged out of the game later that same week.
The most recent high-profile shot at the NFL came in 2020. Dave Portnoy won an auction that was supposed to get him the chance to watch a game alongside the commissioner. That never happened.
Roger Goodell was fielding questions from members of the House Oversight Committee after a letter he wrote was read aloud. He detailed the league’s investigation of allegations of misconduct within the Commanders organization in the six-page document.
SiriusXM Inks Extension For ‘Let’s Go!’ With Tom Brady
“I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM.”
While Tom Brady won’t be sitting in the top FOX Sports analyst’s chair until 2024, he’ll continue his Let’s Go! show for SiriusXM.
Nearing the conclusion of his appearance on the latest episode, host Jim Gray revealed the show and SiriusXM have agreed to an extension to keep the seven-time Super Bowl winner with the platform.
“Hey Tommy, we have one last announcement as we wrap up the program,” said Gray. “You’re coming back. I know we just went through an hour of telling everybody you’re not coming back, but we’re gonna be right here on Let’s Go! for the next two years on SiriusXM. We look forward to convening and our co-host Larry Fitzgerald will stay with us as well.”
Brady, in conjunction with Gray and Fitzgerald, launched Let’s Go! in August of 2021.
“Thank you guys, we appreciate the support,” Brady said of SiriusXM President Scott Greenstein and Senior Vice President of Sports Programming Steve Cohen. “We appreciate our fans, and look forward to many more fun years ahead.”
Mike Francesa: 2 Week Break Before Super Bowl Leads to Media Interviewing Each Other
“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much.”
Many in the sports media and general media world have converged in Phoenix this week for the Super Bowl, but Mike Francesa isn’t the biggest fan of the build-up to the game.
The Phoenix Convention Center is playing host to this year’s radio row, where many of the storylines leading into the big game are dissected six times over the course of a day.
On his BetRivers podcast, Francesa said he’s never been the biggest fan of Super Bowl week and even taking two weeks between the conference title games.
“I’ve never liked these two weeks up to the Super Bowl,” Francesa said on The Mike Francesa Podcast. “I’ve never liked this week with all the hype and nonsense.”
Francesa added that at this point, all the storylines for both teams competing have been played out.
“People don’t know what to say anymore. It’s like they’re interviewing each other,” he said. “Nobody has anything to say or knows what to say.”
Still, Francesa finished his point by saying there’s an overflow of coverage leading up to the Super Bowl.
“It’s one game and you’re spending two weeks analyzing one game, and it’s just too much,” he said. “But there’s no way around it. That’s the way it works.”
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 email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
More Media Credentials Issued For Super Bowl LVII Than Ever Before
More than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.
Almost three years removed from the COVID-19 pandemic completely shutting down the world, the Super Bowl host city is now bustling with media once again covering the NFL’s championship game.
According to Front Office Sports, more than 6,000 media members from over 24 countries have received credentials to cover Super Bowl LVII on Sunday. That figure is up 13% from last year. In 2021, during the peak of the pandemic, only 2,400 media members were allowed to cover the game in Tampa.
A number at or above 6,000 would mean a return of the number of media members covering the game back to pre-pandemic levels.
This year’s Super Bowl is airing on FOX.