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Dave Portnoy: Why Are People Coming For Skip Bayless?

“He’s taking some shots from the entire internet right now, and I’m not sure why. I think he was saying none of it matters.”

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There was a visceral reaction to a tweet from FOX Sports personality Skip Bayless last night as first responders performed CPR on Buffalo Bills defensive back Damar Hamlin after he collapsed during Monday Night Football. Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy says he doesn’t understand the hate Bayless is receiving.

Bayless’ tweet centered around the reaction the NFL would have to potentially postponing the game and what it would mean in the playoff picture, before ending the tweet with “which suddenly seems so irrelevant”.

Portnoy tweeted a video discussing his thoughts on the matter, which defended Bayless.

“I don’t give a f— about Skip Bayless. Skip Bayless basically tweet a couple of minutes — maybe 10 minutes after — something to the effect like ‘You know the NFL is sitting at the headquarters wondering about the playoff implications of this huge game, which now suddenly seems so irrelevant.’ People are coming for Skip Bayless’ head. It’s trending almost as much as the injury. Listen — again, I’m not a Skip Bayless guy — but did he word it wrong? Maybe. Should he have not mentioned anything? Probably. But, I don’t get the rage.

“Are people not getting his tweet? The way I understood it — because you know Goodell from the second the tragedy hit was thinking ‘What do we do? What do we do? This is such a huge f—ing game, what do we do?’ and the way I read Skip’s tweet was ‘You know they’re doing that, and it doesn’t matter. It’s totally irrelevant’. People are acting like he tweeted ‘Roll him off the field, let’s get going’. Skip then clarified ‘I’m sorry if you misunderstood my tweet’. Yeah, I think the entire world misunderstood the tweet.”

Portnoy, who has had various run-ins with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, continued to defend Bayless, claiming Goodell is is guilty of the thinking the way many are accusing Bayless.

“He’s taking some shots from the entire internet right now, and I’m not sure why. I think he was saying none of it matters and by the way, if you don’t think Goodell — if he had his way — would have rolled Damar off the field and kept going, you’re crazy. He’d flush his own kid down the toilet if it helped the NFL.”

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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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