KFC Uses Barstool Venmo Account for Cancer Survivor
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.
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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.”