Ken Rosenthal Discusses Bowtie Origins
“They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life.”
When you watch Ken Rosenthal report from the dugout on FOX or FS1, he is usually wearing a unique bowtie that represents a signature charity. The MLB insider has been wearing bow ties during games for a decade, but it wasn’t always his decision to do that.
On the latest episode of the Starting 9 podcast with Barstool Carl and Jake Arrieta, Rosenthal said that it was the higher-ups at FOX that ordered him to start wearing bowties in October 2012:
“I wasn’t inspired. I was ordered. FOX ordered me. I believe it was the 2012 NLCS (Giants-Phillies) and the order came down from the highest power on FOX Sports. They said they wanted me in a bow tie for the World Series. I had never worn one in my life. I started wearing them for the World Series with the help from some people at FOX, who would tie them for me because I did not know how to tie them.”
After that season, Rosenthal said he ran into a former football player who had a non-profit organization that asked Rosenthal to wear the bowties for different causes and it allowed him to make the best of the situation.
“That winter, a former football player named Dhani Jones approached me and he had this non-profit foundation called The Bowtie Cause. What they do is design bowties in partnership with various charities and he wanted me to be the person that represented them. At first, I was resistant. I didn’t want to wear the bowties ever again, but then I had a rare revelation. You know what, FOX is going to make me do this again, so I might as well get control of it.”
Rosenthal mentioned that FOX wanted him to wear the bow ties so he would be noticeable when people watched on TV. While the network ended up proven right, he wanted his work to do the talking, not the outfit.
“The idea that the people at FOX had initially was to make me stand out and that was the purpose of it. I hated that. To me, it’s the work that’s supposed to make you stand out….They ultimately were proven right because it does make me stand out and we turned it into a good thing for good causes.”
As for his reporting, Rosenthal prefers writing stories over breaking news because it’s not going to be something that another writer can confirm. However, he told the duo he understands people go to Twitter to see what news he’s going to break next.
“Over the years, I have done the breaking news and I’m sort of known for that as well. Yet, as more time goes by, the value of that seems to be less. Even if I break the biggest story I can think of today, that story will be mine for 2 minutes maybe before somebody else confirms it and the whole world has it. I still do it and there are certain kinds of stories that you can write that maybe no one else can touch and that’s a good break because it’s not a transaction.”
“There are a lot of people who follow on Twitter and that’s what they want, so that’s part of the job too.”
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Dave Portnoy: I Trust Penn Entertainment as Much as Ever
“Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.”
Dave Portnoy may have had some public disagreements with Penn Entertainment, but he says that he still trusts the company to run Barstool. He took to Twitter earlier this week to dispel the myth that he is in a feud with the company.
“By the way everything I say or do nowadays is construed as me having beef with @PENNEntertain I 100% do not. Most of my net worth is still tied to $penn. The corporate woke overlord narrative is bullshit. They woulda never bought us in 1st place if that was true. I trust them now as much as when they bought us.”
Portnoy has not been shy about criticizing the company’s decision to fire Ben Mintz after Mintz said the n-word while reading rap lyrics. Several supporters, including Dana White, noted that it is the kind of decision that only happens when corporations take over creative enterprises.
Earlier this week, Dave Portnoy announced that he had hired Ben Mintz as the first employee of Brick Watch Company. Mintz was emotional in making the announcement. The decision was not made to stick it to Penn Entertainment according to Portnoy.
Penn first acquired a stake in Barstool in 2020. It invested $163 million at that time for a 36% stake. Earlier this year, it completed its acquisition, investing an addition $388 million for the remaining 62% of the company.
Dave Portnoy is still an employee of Penn Entertainment. However, he has said publicly that he is unsure if the arrangement will continue after his contract expires in 2025.
Multiple State Regulators Push Back on Effort to Legalize Gambling on WWE
“In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.”
Despite speculation over allowing sports bettors to wager on WWE, there doesn’t appear to be much support at the state level to add it to sportsbook offerings.
Earlier this year, WWE officials had discussions with accounting firm Ernst and Young to secure pre-determined match outcomes in order to allow betting on events. But many states where sports betting is legal have restrictions on wagering on scripted events.
In March, Alex Sherman of CNBC reported that WWE had meetings with regulators in Colorado and Michigan.
“The Colorado Division of Gaming is not currently and has not considered allowing sports betting wagers on WWE matches. By statute, wagers on events with fixed or predicted outcomes or purely by chance are strictly prohibited in Colorado; this includes wagers on the Academy Awards,” Shannon Gray of the Colorado Division of Gaming told Sports Betting Dime.
In Ohio, the same rules apply. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not fielded any requests to add WWE. Officials in Kansas haven’t received requests either by their residents.
Elsewhere, Maryland sees keeping WWE out of betting offerings as a way to keep the integrity of legal sports betting.
“Maryland’s sports wagering law and regulations prohibit forms of wagering that are contrary to public interest or unfair to bettors,” Seth Elkin of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency added. “We’ve determined that it is unfair to bettors and therefore not in the public’s interest to accept wagers on sports entertainment events that have scripted or predetermined outcomes, like professional wrestling.”
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Former Twitter Sports Boss TJ Adeshola Joins Arctos Partners
“We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
Less than two months after TJ Adeshola announced his exit from Twitter, he has resurfaced. Arctos Partners, a firm that he had been advising, named Adeshola an operating partner on Thursday.
In the new role, Adeshola will be much more hands-on with the firm, a private investment company that focuses its investments in the sports world. The firm says it focuses on unlocking “non-obvious opportunities long before others have noticed the market need or opportunity”.
TJ Adeshola’s digital sports marketing expertise will certainly come in handy with that.
“We believe TJ is an innovator in emerging digital and sports media trends, and his wealth of knowledge is a tremendous resource for our Arctos Operating Platform, the value-added capabilities we provide to our franchise partners,” Arctos’s Jordan Solomon said in a press release. “We’ve been fortunate to have TJ as an Operating Advisor for the past three years, and we are thrilled to have him play a larger role as an Operating Partner.”
During his decade with Twitter, Adeshola served as the Head of U.S. Sports Partnerships. His title was Head of Global Content Partnerships at the time of his exit.
He is credited with securing broad strategic partnerships with the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS as well as NASCAR, esports, college, and high school sports. He helped the platform grow the engagement and audience for those entities.
“I’m thrilled to expand my role with Arctos as an Operating Partner,” Adeshola added. “As the first investment firm to invest across multiple North American sports leagues, Arctos is an innovator and disruptor in the sports landscape. And true to form, the Arctos team recognizes the power of digital media as a tool for growth and an opportunity to drive value for its franchise partners.”