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Barstool Fund to Aid Small Businesses Owned By Military, Veterans, First Responders

The Barstool Fund is expanding to help businesses owned and operated by current military, veterans, first responders, and National Guard who are struggling with expenses, local regulations, and supply chain issues.

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Established in 2020 during the pandemic, Barstool Sports launched The Barstool Fund to help small businesses shut down because of COVID-19 that weren’t getting help from the government.

Though Barstool often gets bad publicity due to some of its content and allegations against founder Dave Portnoy, the fund raised over $40 million as of last year. Payments ranging from $5,000 to $60,000 were distributed to nearly 400 businesses throughout the country, helping them to keep employees, make rent payments, and pay for equipment like Plexiglass shields or air filtration systems.

On Monday, Barstool announced that The Barstool Fund is expanding to help businesses owned and operated by current military, veterans, first responders, and National Guard who are having difficulty with expenses, local regulations, and supply chain issues in staying afloat.

According to “Uncle Chaps,” a Barstool blogger and Marine, $3 million dollars has been set aside with an initiative called The Barstool Difference to distribute to those specific businesses in need.

“These will be one-time grants, really investments in your business, that you as the owner will use to help recover from the impact of covid,” he wrote in the announcement.

“Whether you saw your business struggle because you were in the Guard and activated longer than expected or if you were just getting started with your small business and covid threw the world’s largest wrench into your operation or whether you have had a business for a few decades and the country changed so the outlook of your business did as well, we got ya. We want to get this money in your hands so that you can continue doing what you do.”

Business owners interested in apply for the new fund can apply here.

(It should be noted that small businesses that don’t fit the above criteria can still apply for aid from the regular Barstool Fund.)

The fund for military, veterans, first responders, and National Guard is one of four initiatives comprising The Barstool Difference that was announced earlier this month, via Axios. The other three initiatives, to be announced at later dates, will direct aid toward female-run companies, youth service, and sobriety.

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John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism

“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.

During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.

“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.

“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.

“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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