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Dave Portnoy Says He Has $60 Million For Charles Barkley

Could Barkley follow Deion Sanders as the next big-time athlete at Barstool?

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Charles Barkley is still a couple of years away from retirement, but that’s not stopping Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy from trying to acquire the TNT analyst. 

Barkley did a Grant and Danny Show guest hit this week on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. and lamented how cancel culture has muzzled some of the jokes he can make on Inside the NBA.

“They won’t even let me talk about San Antonio anymore!” Barkley said on the show. “You know, when I’m always talking about them big ol’ women down in San Antonio?”

Portnoy seemingly always has his ear to the ground, and he took notice. Barstool just lost the Call Her Daddy podcast to Spotify for $20 million a year. Portnoy is already trying to earmark the extra funds.

“Hey Charles Barkley I suddenly have $60 million laying around,” Portnoy tweeted on Wednesday morning before affirming to Chuck that he can have free reign at the company. “I pledge that if Charles Barkley works for me he can call the women of San Antonio fat and gross as much as he wants,” Portnoy said in a separate tweet. 

Barkley said in the interview with Grant and Danny that he plans to retire when he is 60 so who knows how much money he would need to keep working past 2023. Barstool landed a different big-name athlete last year when they brought Deion Sanders over from the NFL Network. Sanders was a key part of their NFL coverage, including a role on the site’s pregame show. The Pro Football Hall of Famer also hosts a podcast on Barstool’s network.

Portnoy has been pretty Teflon when it comes to controversy. The 44-year old has claimed to be “uncancellable” after years of zany comments that have rubbed plenty of folks the wrong way; Portnoy is sticking to his guns.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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