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Barstool Sports Raises Money For Fallen Chicago Police Officer

“The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today.”

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The Barstool Sports Chicago office and the Stoolies rallied together to successfully raise a quarter million dollars in approximately 72 hours for the family of fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French; who tragically lost her life in a senseless act of violence on Saturday night. Police Officer Ella French was a hero in Chicago after saving a one month old baby’s life that had been shot in July.

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The call to action began on August 9th, when the tragic loss of Officer Ella French was brought to the forefront of social media by the Barstool Chicago office.

In a blog post, Barstool Carl wrote “Personally I would rather talk about Ella French right now. The 29 year-old that spent her young life dedicated to protecting Chicago. A passionate and respected and loved member of her community out doing her job and taking care of family just like the rest of us. Except her job consistently required her to put her life in danger at the sake and expense of public safety. And now she’s gone at the hands of senseless violence that never seems to stop. At time it feels nothing less than hopeless”. 

Barstool Carl would go on to end the blog by stating “Help raise money for Ella French’s family and buy a shirt. All proceeds obviously going to them”. 

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The message was echoed from Barstool Sports Chicago personalities; such as Barstool Eddie, White Sox Dave, Barstool Chief, Dante the Don, and Big Cat.

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The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today, which is the perfect example of how powerful a group of people are when they come together for one cause.

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I reached to Barstool Carl in a private message via Twitter and asked, “What does it say about this company and the Stoolies that they are able to rally together so quickly for such a good cause”?

He responded by saying, “It was everyone at Barstool Chicago. Not just me. That’s important. Equal efforts. It’s amazing how quickly and rapidly Stoolies can rally around a common cause. This is another example of our audience rising to the occasion to support our local communities. They’re the absolute best. I couldn’t be prouder to work on their behalf for such an impactful company. Hopefully we can continue to raise money and awareness to actively support those who protect us”.

I also spoke with White Sox Dave, who said “I think the answer to why it hasn’t been covered by the mainstream media is twofold: 1. the mainstream doesn’t want to give us credit for anything at ALL because that hurts their narrative that we’re satan reincarnated. They know we do a ton of good work with charity, and 100% know it’s good, but they would rather be miserable and get their clicks and RTs than be rational on any level. I also think that it isn’t covered because of how the media tends to slant politically. Normal people know that most cops are good, some are bad, some are exceptional, but mostly just normal people trying to make a living. Somewhere along the way that living become vilified”.

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PodcastOne Expands Sports Offerings, Adds Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to Lineup

PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

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PodcastOne is growing its lineup of sports show offerings by adding podcasts from a World Series champion, NBA champion and a former NFL running back.

The company announced it has brought on Nick Swisher, Bobby Portis and Chris Howard to add to its already stacked slate of programming that includes shows from Robert Horry, Michael Irvin, Jay Cutler and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

“With the growing PodcastOne sports vertical, we are producing and developing exclusive sports content shows from some of the most recognizable names in the game, adding to our diverse roster of original programming that advertisers and listeners won’t get from other networks,” said PodcastOne president Kit Gray. “Our sports hosted shows offer something for everyone, from the parquet floors of the world of basketball to the spectacle of the wrestling ring.”

Swisher, who will host The Nick Swisher Show, expressed his excitement at the opportunity to tell stories and interview stars from the world of sports and culture.

“My curiosity for the world around me from baseball to books, from coaches to community and from inspirational stories of triumph to seemingly insurmountable moments of failure knows no bounds,” Swisher said. “I’m amped to be sharing stories with fans and listeners, and I’m so excited to partner with PodcastOne to bring my podcast to life.”

Current Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis will roll out a weekly show called Keep It A Buck where he’ll offer an inside look at the week that was in the NBA while interviewing current and former players.

Howard’s show, Plugged In with Chris Howard, will take a look at some of the biggest headlines in the NFL and get to the bottom of those stories. He’ll also interview athletes and other stars from the world of entertainment to give listeners plenty of behind-the-scenes scoops.

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Amazon’s Thursday Night Football Ratings Up In Week 4

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers.

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Amazon Prime Video is the first to tout its NFL success in Week 4 of the season. The week’s first game, the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Miami-Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, averaged 11.7 million viewers.

That figure represents growth from last week’s Steeler-Browns game which averaged 11.03 million viewers. That number also represents a massive increase over last year’s Week 3 game from last year (Jaguars-Bengals) which averaged 8 million viewers. That game aired on the NFL Network.

Amazon also noted that the streaming service gathered 13.4 million viewers across all platforms for the Thursday night game.

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Julian Edelman Considers Himself A Pioneer

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that.”

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Since his playing days with the New England Patriots ended after the 2020 season, Julian Edelman has kept himself busy with his role on Inside the NFL and now co-hosting the Games with Names podcast with comedian Sam Morril. So, what was Edelman looking for with his post-football endeavors?

Edelman was a guest on the most-recent episode of the Half-Forgotten History podcast with Trey Wingo and he said that the vibe that Inside The NFL has with Phil Simms, James Brown, Brandon Marshall, Michael Irvin, and Ray Lewis was something that he was looking for.

“With Inside the NFL, I have those guys and there’s a camaraderie. We get to have that breaking bread and just locker room kind of vibe. On the podcast, it’s the same thing.”

The MVP of Super Bowl XLIII mentioned that the key to doing the things he does now in his post-career came from the way him and his team were able to use social media to build his own brand and help ease the transition from a playing career to a member of the media.

“When I retired, I was fortunate enough to put a good team around me for all of my off-the-field things. We built a brand through social media. Kind of pioneers of this whole thing with social and e-commerce and millennial/Gen-Z things. It helped me land a role on Inside the NFL and go and have an ability to start a podcast, Games With Names. It’s been good and it honestly helps with the transition.”

Now that Edelman’s playing days are in the past, he said that he now has the opportunity to do things that he was always interested in since he was a kid, but did not have the time for and he is grateful for the opportunities that the NFL has allowed him to have.

“I’ve been a football player since I was 8 years old, but I did have other interests. Now that I am done, I get to explore that. I am so grateful for football and for the game just because it has given me the opportunity to do things that are fun and amazing.”

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