The power of a Barstool Venmo account shouldn’t go unnoticed.
You probably weren’t sitting in front of your TV last Wednesday night during a five-hour rain delay waiting for the Mets and Marlins to play a meaningless game baseball. You almost certainly weren’t one of the few people sitting at CitiField in the rain, but you may have seen Barstool radio host, Kevin Clancy (KFC), post on Twitter about someone who did.
Barstool is often in the news feuding with ESPN and Deadspin, at times being criticized for their frat-like culture, but Barstool is proof that fraternities can do a lot of good. Barstool firing up their Venmo account and uniting its supporters to raise money for a cause is a perfect example of that good.
Two teams without any hope of making the playoffs were scheduled to play, yet Allison Ruddick sat at CitiField for five-hours eagerly awaiting the game between the Mets and Marlins. At around 9pm, Allison took to social media pleading with the Mets to start the game.
While most people already left the stadium, or just decided to never go, Allison was determined to watch a baseball game while she was on a break from chemotherapy. Her “chemo vacation treat” as she fights colorectal cancer for the second time at the age of 35.
As soon as fellow Met fan KFC became aware of Allison’s situation, he shared her story and it didn’t take long for countless offers from Stoolies to buy Allison and her fiancé beer as they sat in the rain.
Lotta people reached out asking about Venmo and what not to buy Mets Superfan/Cancer’s Worst Nightmare Allison beers during the rain delay…naturally this was her response. Would rather people donate to Sloan Kettering instead. Class act. #KeepingCancerClassy https://t.co/qW5csNn2Th
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
It doesn’t take much effort for Kevin to fire up his Venmo account, but rallying the Stoolie community for a good cause should still be commended. It’s not uncommon for people to see something or someone on social media they would like to support, but they never go forward and research how to donate. KFC offering up his Venmo account spreads awareness and provides an instant opportunity for people to support a cause that they otherwise never would have.
Let’s get like $2500 or how about $5000 for @KeepCancrClassy. If you’re a @mets fan, a Stoolie, or a person who hates cancer (please note: this Venn Diagram consists of all of humanity), donate! pic.twitter.com/uiXMjAj7Hy
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
This isn’t the first time KFC and others from Barstool have used their Venmo account to garner support from Stoolies. In March the Barstool community rallied to raise over $100,000 for the family of Michael Davidson, the New York City firefighter who died on the movie set of Motherless Brooklyn. Davidson was survived by his wife Eileen and four children.
This time money was raised for Allison, but she will instead bring it to Sloan Kettering so that everyone can benefit from it. Great job by KFC and the Stoolies that donated this time, last time and next time. It’s inspiring to see the Barstool community meet baseball and rally to help beat cancer.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Chris Long Didn’t Like the Attention That Came With TV Analyst Work
“If I’m like ‘Damn I got to take a flight up there every week, I got to get suits’, then I don’t really want to do that.”
Former NFL defensive end Chris Long has found his niche in the media space as the host of The Green Light Podcast and it is an outlet that he has been very comfortable with in terms of expressing his opinions.
Long was a guest on The Season with Peter Schrager podcast and he told Schrager that on the occasions when he has been an analyst on television, the attention he got was not something he was completely comfortable with.
“Sure, I maybe could work towards having one of those good jobs, but I also understand there’s a big process with that.
“I’ve been at a crossroads at times as a media guy where I’m like ‘Should I just do that?’ If I got to ask myself, then I don’t really want it. If I’m like ‘Damn I got to take a flight up there every week, I got to get suits’, then I don’t really want to do that and honestly, the couple of times I’ve been on TV, I don’t like the attention.”
One of the reasons Long mentioned why he isn’t comfortable being on TV is he doesn’t want to feel like he has to perform and on his podcast, he can be himself.
“Being on TV, I get really uncomfortable performing. I don’t like performing and I don’t like being told what to say. Here, that never happens. For the most part, I think finding your groove in this side of things is just having conversations…It’s just a nice change of pace.”
Long also feels that in this day and age of social media, it’s a constant argument about any NFL point that is being made and that is not something he wants to deal with.
“The world of podcasting has gotten better where the money is very good. Maybe I’d be making a little less money starting out doing studio stuff. For me, I do not like — whether it’s Twitter or whether it’s a guy on the street — I’m over arguing with people.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media
“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.
Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.
New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.
Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.
The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.
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.”
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.”