When Tom Brady was a New England Patriot, he did not have a bigger fan and defender than Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy. After Tuesday’s announcement that Brady was retiring though, it seems like Portnoy has changed his tune.
Dave Portnoy posted one of his emergency press conferences on Twitter. In it, he expressed real contempt for Tom Brady and the fact that the GOAT did not mention New England in his goodbyes.
“I just read five swipe rights. Tampa this. Tampa that,” Portnoy said.
Brady’s farewell message did not include a mention of the Patriots. It didn’t make sense to Portnoy. After all, Tom Brady spent literally one tenth of the time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that he did with the New England Patriots.
“What? Did he play 100 years in Tampa Bay? He was there for three seconds,” Portnoy said. “I didn’t see the Patriots once. I don’t want to make this about crying, but you’re not gonna mention Mr. Kraft? Belichick? Six Super Bowls? You’re not gonna mention your entire f**king career basically in New England and you don’t say one thing? What the f**k?”
Dave Portnoy does hold out some hope for the future. The initial retirement statement from Brady was nearly 3000 words long, but the Barstool president can’t believe that is all Tom Brady has to say.
“There must be part 2 coming because that was not real. And f**k him if that’s how he’s gonna retire with that.”
Tom Brady did issue a lengthy farewell to Patriots fans after the 2019 season when it was clear he would not be returning to New England.
While he did not issue a second long statement on the Patriots, Brady did respond to a tweet from the team congratulating him.
For the record, Portnoy was a guest on Jesse Waters’s FOX News show on Tuesday night and admitted that his initial reaction was too hasty. He declared that he would give Tom Brady until his Hall of Fame induction speech to properly acknowledge the role New England plays in his legacy. That gives the GOAT five years.
Mike Francesa: George Steinbrenner’s Idea to Put Mike and The Mad Dog On YES Network
“It was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were.”
Mike and The Mad Dog is often cited as one of, if not the, best sports radio shows of all time. The show saw an expanded reach with its partnership with the YES Network beginning in 2002. During his podcast Tuesday, Mike Francesa gave all the credit to the simulcast hitting the air on YES Network to the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
“It was George Steinbrenner that came up with the idea of Mike and The Mad Dog being on the YES Network. No one else,” Francesa said.
“They came to us when they were negotiating a new radio deal with him and they said ‘Hey, we need a quick answer on this. Would you guys want to be on the YES Network every day, simulcasting? You know what Imus is doing with MSNBC? We wanna do it with you guys, but we need a very quick answer’.”
Francesa said the show airing on YES Network was a sticking point for the Yankees in negotiations with CBS Radio to continue airing the franchise’s broadcasts.
“Our first deal with them were not for a lot of money. Our later deals with them were for a very significant amount of money. But it was George’s idea. So give him credit for it. He wanted Mike and The Mad Dog as part of the CBS Radio contract, and we were. Our joining the YES Network was part of the CBS Radio contract.”
Dave Portnoy Reveals Back-And-Forth With New York Times Reporter Who Claimed He ‘Did Not Provide Answers’
“You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
A story from The New York Times centered around “aging casino company” — Penn National Gaming — and its relationship with “degenerate gambler” — Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — caught the eye of the face of the online outlet after the claim that he “didn’t provide answers”.
In the story, Steel claims “Penn and Barstool executives did not respond to repeated messages. Mr. Portnoy did not provide answers.” Portnoy brought the receipts to Twitter with a video of all of the correspondence he had with Times writer Emily Steel.
The alleged conversation takes place sporadically from May through November, with Portnoy offering to meet face-to-face with Steel for an interview that is mutually audio and video recorded, which Steel declines. She offered to meet Portnoy in New York for an audio recorded interview, which he declined, saying the interview needed to take place in Miami, because “I’m not running around to accommodate you at the 11th hour.”
He added “You waited till (sic) your hit piece was done and now you just need to say you gave me a fair chance to speak even though you have no interest in the truth and your article is already written”.
Kareem Daniel Leaving Disney After Bob Iger Reassumes Role as Company CEO
“This is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
Bob Iger is back as the CEO of Disney, and one of the first moves he made was to announce a company restructure. Part of that restructure includes the departure of Kareem Daniel, the chair of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED).
DMED was formed under now-previous CEO Bob Chapek. The division manages Disney’s streaming services which includes ESPN+.
Daniel was considered one of those closest to Chapek. Iger announced Daniel’s departure in a memo to employees at DMED.
“It is my intention to restructure things in a way that honors and respects creativity as the heart and soul of who we are,” Iger said in the memo. “As you know, this is a time of enormous change and challenges in our industry, and our work will also focus on creating a more efficient and cost-effective structure.”
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro will join other company leaders in coming up with a new company structure that Iger hopes “puts more decision-making back in the hands of our creative teams and rationalizes costs.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing 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 and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.