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Dave Portnoy Tells Business Insider CEO He Is ‘Piece Of S*** Coward’

“Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted.”

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Dave Portnoy is not going to move on from his hate of Business Insider. The Barstool founder joined a Twitter Spaces session on Thursday night where the public had a chance to talk to Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

The event was hosted by the New York Times. Blodget was part of a panel discussing issues facing the business community.

“So yeah, I saw that piece of shit Henry Blodget’s on there,” Portnoy said when his mic went live. “My first question’s why would a piece of shit who’s been banned by the SEC from talking about stocks be on there. My second question is hey Henry, you f***ing coward, you know everything you wrote about me was bullshit. Why don’t you ever sit down with me you f***ing piece of shit coward. That’s my question.”

Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted. No answer came. The moderator apologized to Blodget and ended the event.

The accusations of Blodget being banned by the SEC from discussing financial advice are true. Portnoy was referncing fraud charges that Blodget settled in 2003 when he was a Wall Street analyst.

Business Insider has ran a salacious piece about Portnoy’s sex life in November. It included accusations of misconduct from three women that claimed consensual sexual encounters with Portnoy took a dark turn without their consent.

Dave Portnoy has maintained the story is not true. He has also threatened to sue Blodget, Business Insider and the story’s author Julia Black.

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Darren Rovell: I Am One of the Most Hated People on Twitter

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

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In the world of social media, sometimes it is better to be either loved or hated than to not be noticed at all. That is how Darren Rovell, formerly of ESPN and now a reporter at The Action Network feels.

Rovell was a guest on the Sports With Friends podcast hosted by Seth Everett and says that he knows that he is one of the most hated people that is currently using Twitter:

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

Rovell said that he was one of the first sports journalists to join Twitter and he feels that he was made for the social media platform:

“I want to be relevant and I think I was made for Twitter because for my whole life, I’ve pretty much had a hard head. 2012, I’m now 34 years old or something like that. I was sure of myself. I was ready to battle people and didn’t care as much that they bashed me as long as they kept following me.”

When Rovell first joined Twitter, he told Everett that as a sports business reporter, it helped him figure out what the secondary story was in a quicker fashion and how the platform quickly became part of his identity while at CNBC:

As a sports business reporter, I have to figure out what the secondary story is. The primary story is the real thing going on. Twitter presented this opportunity where I felt like I cut my time in half finding out what the important story was. It wasn’t about me being one of the originals, it kind of  became almost my overarching identity. I embraced it, I didn’t change who I was. Everyday, willing to fight someone for whatever reason.”

While Rovell does not like the adrenaline of being on-air, social media has helped fill the gap because it allows him to keep himself relevant regardless of whether it is because of something good or something bad:

“I do love the adrenaline of being on-air. I’ve since not cared as much about the on-air because of what social media provided. I like to be relevant. I like people to talk about me, whether it’s good or bad. I think that’s what provides my everyday juice in the business.”

Even though Rovell is known for being on Twitter, he does not use the app as much as he used to because of how toxic it can be sometimes:

“It’s so awful. I have been on Twitter less because of it. If you look at my phone, I’m on Instagram more than I am on Twitter. It feels like there is a family and Twitter wants to cancel you everyday. That’s their goal.”

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Draymond Green and Stephen A. Smith Debate New Media at Live Show

Draymond said, “For me, the new media it’s very simple. It’s actually analyzing the game of basketball. It’s actually giving flowers when flowers is due…tell us the whole truth…”

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Draymond Green just wants to see people speaking knowledgably about the game of basketball, and Stephen A. Smith agrees.

Speaking at a roundtable with JJ Reddick and Smith, Green explained where his big issue with some basketball pundits.

“It’s less talk about basketball,” Green said. “Like if we can talk about basketball, that’s the discussion. That’s what the topic should be.”

Stephen A. laid it out there saying that there are just folks out there who speak opinions but have no real factual basis to support their opinions.

“The problem is you got too many people in media that want to act like they know what you know,” he said. “No, you can’t compete with dudes that are actually doing it. What you can do is say, covering the sport and giving you an overview, following it, reporting on it, cultivating resources, being given intel, learning what you learn. OK this is what I know, this is what I’ve heard, what you got to say about that?”

Green said another issue is that people tune in and don’t get taught some of the more nuanced things with the game.

“When you look at the game of basketball, what’s been lost is I can turn on the TV and I can learn about the game of basketball,” he said. “I can get the x’s and o’s and the in’s and out’s and the understanding that there’s a game within the game.”

Draymond made it clear what new media is all about.

“For me, the new media it’s very simple. It’s actually analyzing the game of basketball. It’s actually giving flowers when flowers is due,” he said. “It’s being critical. It’s not just saying oh man Steph Curry was great and when he wasn’t great I’m not gonna speak on it, be very critical! But tell us the whole truth and break down why Steph Curry wasn’t great.”

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NFL Hires First VP and GM of Sports Betting

The NFL took a dramatic step & created an entirely new position to the front office of the league. The League announced David Highhill as the first Vice President, General Manager of Sports Betting.

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The NFL created an entirely new position to the front office of the league. The League announced David Highhill as the first Vice President, General Manager of Sports Betting.

Highhill, a longtime NFL employee of ten years, was previously a member of the league’s corporate strategy group. There he led the league’s go-to-market sports betting initiatives.

What will the vice president and general manager of sports betting in the NFL do? He will lead efforts to protect the sport’s integrity from harm related to gambling. He’s also in charge of advancing the league’s brand and reputation, and according to the NFL, grow the value of the NFL’s data and intellectual property and drive fan engagement globally.

“It’s a growing market, it’s grown a lot in the last three or four seasons,” Highhill said to ESPN. “What’s ahead is the exciting part of the opportunity.”

Highhill begins the job at a very critical juncture in the league’s history with sports betting. Last year, sportsbooks advertised during NFL games for the first time. The NFL and member franchises have also partnered with various sports betting operators. And since the United States Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, the federal statute that had restricted regulated sports betting to primarily Nevada, nearly three dozen states have made the activity legal.

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