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Dave Portnoy: Golfer ‘Not Even An Athlete’

“The media personality appeared on Fox Business with Stuart Varney and commented about the snooty nature of the sport.”

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The highly anticipated golf match between PGA Champion Brooks Koepka and Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy is happening on Sept. 7, and Portnoy isn’t pulling punches with his golf smack talk.

The media personality appeared on Fox Business with Stuart Varney and commented about the snooty nature of the sport. The PGA Tour recently banned fans from yelling “Brooksy” at Bryson Dechambeau. Koepka and Dechambeau have a public feud raging that the Pardon My Take crew spurred on by telling golf fans to call Dechambeau the wrong name.

I’ve never understood golfers,” Portnoy said on the show. “I said they’re mentally weak; they are mentally weak. They’re country club kids who didn’t play other sports. But what other sport, Stuart, are you not allowed to make noise in the crowd because they can’t concentrate through it? Like, that is garbage, that’s mentally weak, that’s not even an athlete.”

Portnoy wasn’t just talking about Dechambeau. Koepka also complained about raucous crowds at this year’s PGA Championship in South Carolina.

“You know, when these guys play like the Ryder Cup, they all cry, oh the crowds are too loud,” Portnoy said on Varney & Co. “Shut up! That’s what sports is, don’t be a pro athlete if you can’t handle the atmosphere.

“I plan on it being loud,” Portnoy said about his upcoming charity match with Koepka. “I plan on him having to deal with adversity. All things that he and other golfers can’t deal with. So, I’m not nervous at all.”

Koepka is coming down to Portnoy’s handicap a little bit by playing the match left-handed. The two are battling for a $250,000 prize pool going to the winner’s charity of choice. Fans eagerly waiting on the fireworks can watch the match on Barstool platforms as Koepka attempts to best Portnoy left-handed.

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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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Pat McAfee Teases Major New Partnership

“We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing.”

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Up to something season has returned for Pat McAfee.

McAfee has routinely used that phrasing to tease viewers and listeners about major dealings in the works, and on Wednesday he said something big is coming down the pike.

“We’re up to something,” McAfee said. “We got a big partnership coming up. It’s big. We haven’t even chatted about this at all. That’s how much we’ve evolved.”

Pat continued about how the show has matured, saying he was proud they waited until this late in the game to even bring up the fact they’ve got a new deal to announce.

“If this conversation had taken place three years ago, the announcement we’re about to make, it would’ve been two weeks worth of the show,” he said. “Every single segment would’ve been brought back to oh something’s coming, something’s coming, something’s coming.”

“That is changing quickly in a big way,” he added.

McAfee noted that being on the road in Los Angeles for the college football national championship has made the reaction to the new partnership somewhat subdued.

“I should be more excited,” he said. “We didn’t sleep much the last couple days so we haven’t really gotten to grasp this entire thing. We’ve been working on this for a couple years now. Good for us, dude.”

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