Dave Portnoy Wonders If Mets Owner Is Behind Business Insider Story
“The Barstool founder has tried poking holes in the reporting process over the past week and has his sights set on bringing down Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.”
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy is continuing his crusade against Business Insider and has New York Mets owner Steve Cohen in his crosshairs. The publication released a disturbing article last week describing Portnoy’s sexual relationship with two women.
In the story, the accusers claim that sex with Portnoy started consensually but ended up turning violent. The Barstool founder has tried poking holes in the reporting process over the past week and has his sights set on bringing down Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.
“Here is what people have to know about me,” Portnoy tweeted on Saturday. “If you wrong me I will burn you to the ground. If I burn with it that’s the cost of doing business. I’ve always been that way.”
“It’s ironic you have Henry Blodget, who defrauded everyday workers out of their life savings now trying to defame me,” said Portnoy.
Flash forward to this week, where Portnoy is claiming Cohen might be involved in the whole saga.
“I’ve heard he’s acquaintances with Steve Cohen,” the Barstool founder said of Blodget on The Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Co.
“I have no idea,” Portnoy said when asked if Cohen is in on the whole takedown. “I feel like I’m in a movie. I don’t know what to believe and there’s a lot of people who don’t like me. I’ve heard time and time again that the GameStop sh*t and when I went after Cohen…they were gonna get me.”
Portnoy and Cohen got into an argument earlier this year on Twitter when Robinhood suspended trading of Gamestop stock.
“From what you hear, it’s like he’s capable of anything, and he’s a vindictive guy,” Portnoy said about Cohen. “I have no f*cking clue, I’ve never met him. I did chase him off Twitter so I could see this. Everything’s weird, like the timing of when the article dropped.”
Unfortunately, there is no clear evidence to exonerate or convict Portnoy in the scandal. Readers and interested parties are left to read the story, hear both sides, and figure things out for themselves. As of now, Portnoy isn’t charged with any crimes related to the story.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
Blue Wire Adding Podcasts Cut During SB Nation Downsizing
Blue Wire has announced it is adding three NBA podcasts that were cut during a downsizing by Vox Media that hit SB Nation earlier this year.
Lakers Lounge, hosted by Anthony Irwin, Green With Envy, hosted by Will Weird, Greg Maneikis, and Adam Taylor, and Pod Maverick with Kirk Henderson are all being revived with Blue Wire.
“We’ve built Blue Wire around being able to identify exceptional talent hitting the podcast free agency market,” said Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones. “We were thrilled to act quickly and provide a new home for three standout local NBA podcasts.”
“I’ve known Kevin for years and we’ve often spoken about working together,” Irwin said. “I couldn’t possibly be more excited to add to all the great work Blue Wire has become known for as we finally see years of conversations become a fruitful partnership.”
The former SB Nation programs that follow the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Dallas Mavericks, respectively, were able to negotiate the ownership of their podcasts with Vox, allowing them to bring their former feeds with them to Blue Wire.
The addition of the three podcasts adds to the company’s growing list of NBA shows. Currently, Blue Wire hosts Road Trippin’ with Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, and No Chill with Gilbert Arenas, among others.
Rob Parker Bringing MLBBro.com Podcast To iHeartRadio
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking project – this sound has never been heard before in connection with Major League Baseball.”
Rob Parker loves Major League Baseball and he is expanding his reach in the sport. His site MLBBro.com is taking another step forward just weeks after announcing a partnership with the league to provide coverage of minority players from the past and present.
He will add a podcast to the brand’s portfolio. The MLBBro Show Podcast – The Mixtape will join the iHeartRadio podcast lineup. While Parker oversees the brand, the show will be led by MLBbro.com’s Vice President of Operations JR Gamble.
Gamble brings more than two decades of experience covering the league to the show. The first episode drops right after Opening Day on March 31.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking project – this sound has never been heard before in connection with Major League Baseball,” said Parker, who has been a Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) member since 1990.
“It’s baseball coverage with hot sauce, loud and proud and in living color. Get on board from day one!”
What Implications Would TikTok Ban Have on Sports Media & Business?
“Prominent Democrats have spoken out against banning TikTok in the United States, but the effort has bipartisan support.”
If TikTok is banned in the United States, a very realistic possibility, the ad market around sports and sports media stands to take a significant hit. Front Office Sports took a look at the companies that used the social video platform to advertise to sports audiences in 2022 and 2023.
Among the advertisers making major investments in TikTok was Degree, whose March Madness advertising campaign includes an ad that is exclusive to TikTok and stars Giannis Antetokounmpo. For the Super Bowl, T-Mobile supplemented its FOX ad buy with a TikTok campaign, while State Farm chose to skip the network broadcast of the game and spend all of its advertising with the digital platform.
It’s not only advertisers. Leagues and networks factor TikTok prominently into reaching younger audiences. The WWE, FIFA and the NBA all saw significant growth in their audiences on the app last year. On top of that, FOX and ESPN both have taken advertising money from TikTok in the past for postseason baseball and college football broadcasts respectively.
Prominent Democrats have spoken out against banning TikTok in the United States, but the effort has bipartisan support. The Biden administration and other lawmakers have voiced concern about the security threat the Chinese government’s involvement with the app poses to Americans and their personal data.
The appeal of TikTok for networks and advertisers is easy to see. Between 2021 and 2022, no social media platform showed more growth for engagement from sports fans. TikTok’s sports audience jumped 65% in that timeframe. Facebook saw 22% growth and for Twitter, it was just 8%.