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Big Cat Upset He Didn’t Know About Dave Portnoy’s Trump Interview

“Big Cat said he had to learn about the presidential interview on Twitter.”

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You gotta hand it to Barstool. No other brand does a better job of making itself the story and milking days of content out of a single incident.

Barstool founder Dave Portnoy was invited to the White House on Thursday to interview President Donald Trump. Portnoy accepted and said that it isn’t something he should have to apologize for.

On Friday, Big Cat (real name Dan Katz) took Portnoy, Barstool CEO Erika Nardini, and parent company Penn National to task for not giving the rest of the Barstool staff any notice. Big Cat said on his SiriusXM show The Yak that he had to learn about the presidential interview on Twitter.

Katz admits that if he were consulted, he probably would have pushed back against the idea of interviewing Trump. He said that it goes against one of Barstool’s core principles, which is to avoid politics and focus on humor. Still, he admits that the opportunity to interview a sitting president, no matter who it is, isn’t something he would expect the company to instantly dismiss.

He accused Portnoy of letting Trump turn the interview into “a political ad” and letting Barstool “be used in a political way” by not asking hard questions or offering any follow ups. His real complaint was that though was that he was not told about the interview before it happened.

“It’s been a tough 12 hours or whatever it’s been trying to understand where I fit in now. There’s only two explanations,” Big Cat said. “One is they didn’t want to talk to me because I would probably be the only dissenting view, which means that when there’s tough decisions to be made and Dan might disagree we just won’t ask him so we don’t have to hear his view. That means my opinion doesn’t matter. Or two, they just said straight up his opinion doesn’t matter. Either way, my opinion does not matter at this company the way I thought it did 12 hours ago, and that’s the part I’m struggling with.”

Big Cat says Portnoy’s interview with Trump marks a turning point for Barstool. He repeated the phrase “we can’t pretend now that we don’t do politics” multiple times. He points out that he and PFT Commenter were offered the chance to interview Joe Biden on Pardon My Take earlier this year, but declined because he thought Barstool viewed itself as an escape from those subjects.

“Politics are serious, man. You can’t do a political interview and not be serious,” Big Cat said, alluding to Portnoy. “It’s a serious f***ing game, and that’s why I don’t talk about it. I don’t have the intelligence. I don’t have the ability to navigate these waters. So once you get in them, you can’t pretend you’re not in them”

Portnoy will almost certainly answer some of Katz’s critiques at some point. Whether they do it face to face or this sniping between shows continues remains to be seen.

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Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.

Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.

LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.

On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.

Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.

“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”

Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?

“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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