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Gambling Regulators Scrutinizing Penn National, Barstool Amid Portnoy Allegations

Penn National CEO Jay Snowden says the company has addressed inquiries by regulators and intends to keep those boards updated with new information as it becomes available.

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Recent allegations against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy have prompted gambling regulators in Nevada and Indiana to investigate Penn National’s acquisition of the popular media company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Portnoy has disputed the accusations of sexual misconduct by five women and filed a defamation lawsuit against Business Insider and author Julia Black.

According to the Nevada Independent, Nevada Gaming Control Board chairman Brin Gibson told the Journal that the organization has an obligation “to protect the reputation of the state and the reputation of the state’s gaming industry,” and has requested information from Penn National in the wake of concerns about Barstool. However, Barstool’s sports betting app doesn’t currently operate in Nevada.

The Journal also reported that the Indiana Gaming Commission is conducting a review of Penn and Barstool in light of the allegations against Portnoy, and says the casino and sportsbook company is aware of concerns regarding the partnership. And Barstool’s app does operate in Indiana.

Penn National CEO Jay Snowden told the Journal that the company has addressed inquiries by those regulators and intends to keep those boards updated with new information as it becomes available. Penn contacted gambling regulators in the states where the company is licensed following Business Insider’s first report on the allegations against Portnoy.

Furthermore, Snowden stated Penn National’s support for Portnoy and believes in the partnership with Barstool as the casino and sportsbook attempts to reach younger bettors as the sports betting landscape expands and becomes more popular. Barstool also allows Penn to have a presence in digital media to compete with other betting companies, which it didn’t have previously.

Two years ago, Penn National acquired a 36 percent stake in Barstool and intends to take over 100 percent of the company by 2023. Snowden said those plans haven’t changed. Partnering with and eventually taking control of the Barstool brand allows Penn to reach potential customers and build a user base without having to spend heavily on advertising. That’s a different strategy than rival sports betting companies have pursued.

Furthermore, Snowden points out, Barstool is one of the few digital media brands that has expanded revenues and social media following since Penn invested in the company two years ago.

However, former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman Becky Harris said concerns over Barstool may prevent the company from getting licensed in more states, as regulators work to address harassment and discrimination among employees and customers, particularly against women.

Earlier this week, Barstool announced the launch of “Barstool Difference,” a philanthropic initiative geared toward helping female-run companies, veterans, youth service, and sobriety.

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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