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Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy Intends to Sue Business Insider After New Report

Portnoy says publishing the personal messages and filing the lawsuit are “the only way I can prove I’m telling the truth and they are lying.”

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Following another report detailing alleged sexual misconduct by Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, the controversial personality says he intends to sue Business Insider and Julia Black, the author of both articles.

The second report, published Wednesday (Feb. 2), shares accounts from three women who accuse Portnoy of violent sexual encounters and filming the incidents without their consent. This follows up on a November story in which three other women claimed aggressive behavior by Portnoy that frightened and humiliated them.

Upon publication of the first Business Insider story, Portnoy disputed the report, saying that the encounters were consensual and shared text messages he believes proved that account.

Two weeks ago, upon learning that Business Insider intended to run another story by Black, Portnoy showed letters from his lawyers and direct messages that were supposedly sent to the outlet that disproved the story. He then said he would sue Black and Business Insider if the story was published.

Soon after Black’s second story was posted online, Portnoy said on Barstool Sports that he would officially sue the reporter and the outlet which published the articles. According to him, publishing the personal messages and filing the lawsuit are “the only way I can prove I’m telling the truth and they are lying.”

In an editor’s note, Business Insider’s Nicholas Carlson said both of the Portnoy stories were published because “we consider them to be in the public interest and newsworthy,” and went on to repeat the women’s allegations of violent and degrading behavior.

Portnoy went on to attack Business Insider founder and CEO Henry Blodget, bringing up violations of securities laws and civil charges that got him banned from the financial industry. The Barstool Sports founder also alleged that Business Insider intentionally published these stories before stakeholder Penn National Gaming earnings calls.

On Thursday, Penn reported revenues that fell below expectations and its stock price subsequently dropped. However, the company did say that it intended to follow through on the terms of its deal with Barstool and eventually acquire 100 percent of the company by 2023. (Penn took a 36 percent stake upon forming its partnership with Barstool.)

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NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin Launching Podcast with Dale Earnhardt Jr & Dirty Mo Media

“New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Dirty Mo Media has announced a podcast deal with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin will host Actions Detrimental with Denny Hamlin on a weekly basis during the NASCAR season. The Actions Detrimental branding is verbiage used by NASCAR for fines assessed to drivers for their disparaging comments about the sport. Known as one of NASCAR’s more outspoken drivers, Hamlin has been fined several times under the “actions detrimental to stock car racing” statutes.

New episodes will be published each Monday during the NASCAR season with previews and reviews of races, with the goal of inviting guests and interacting with fans playing a future role in the series.

Denny Hamlin jokingly thanked Dirty Mo Media for the “opportunity and the fat check” the company wrote for him to host the podcast in a Twitter announcement.

The 42-year-old Hamlin has won 48 races during his 18-year NASCAR Cup Series career. In addition to serving as a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing, he co-owns 23XI Racing with basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The podcast is the latest in an expansion of content produced by the Mooresville, North Carolina-based digital outlet. After beginning with The Dale Jr. Download, the company has grown to include other podcasts like Door, Bumper, Clear, and Speed Street, as well as video projects like The Next Level.

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Barstool Sports CEO: Golf Likely Next Step For Company’s Live Broadcasts

“I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love.”

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Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini recently did a wide-ranging interview with AdAge.com about the future of the digital sports outlet’s television aspirations, and she said sports they’re familiar with will take priority.

“”We want sports that appeal to a broad audience. We’re kind of tickled to be able to broadcast things in the first place. So I think we‘ll start with the biggest sports that we know and love, whether it’s basketball and football,” Nardini said. “You could definitely see that extended to golf, that would probably be the next place that we’ll play.”

The questions about Barstool’s future aspirations come after the company’s successful first broadcast of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Barstool says the broadcast received nearly 1 million views, peaking at 130,000 concurrent viewers. The outlet also broadcasted the Barstool Sports Invitational that featured Akron, Mississippi State, Toledo, and UAB in November.

Nardini added that the company is interested live televised sports for a few reasons.

“We’re owned by a sports betting company and the more we think about building our sports platform, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for us to convey a whole bunch of offerings to our audience, but certainly betting will be one of them…I think that live sports on television is the last man standing where it’s all anyone tunes in for.”

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Fanatics to Open First Sportsbook Inside FedEx Field

“The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium.”

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Sports licensing giant Fanatics will soon be launching its long-anticipated sportsbook.

The company will open up a physical sportsbook location in Maryland at FedEx Field on January 20. Fanatics has also been granted a license to operate in Massachusetts, tethered to Plainridge Park Casino.

The location at the home of the Washington Commanders will make it the first sportsbook to open inside an NFL stadium. Bettors in the DMV will now be able to place wagers at all their local teams’ venues, as William Hill has an on-site location at Capital One Arena – home of the Capitals and Wizards – and BetMGM has a space at Nationals Park in D.C.

Despite having a physical location at FedEx Field, bettors in Maryland will not be able to place mobile wagers through a Fanatics Sportsbook app.

According to Front Office Sports, Fanatics hopes to have the sportsbook up and running in some fashion in all states where legal by September.

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