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Jason Whitlock: Stephen A. Smith Is ‘Feeling Himself’

Blaze TV host Jason Whitlock reacted Monday to Stephen A. Smith’s comments that he’s underpaid compared to his male counterparts.

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Blaze TV host Jason Whitlock reacted Monday to Stephen A. Smith’s comments that he’s underpaid compared to his male counterparts. 

“The Fearless” host said the ESPN star is “feeling himself” on a show that has shown a propensity to rival its competitors for similar ratings. 

“ESPN has invested in his First Take show. Bringing on Michael Irvin and bringing on Mad Dog Russo,” he said. “The ratings are improving for that show.” 

Smith reportedly makes $12 million a year at ESPN.  The “First Take” host was unapologetic about his salary rant Friday. 

 “I ain’t apologizing for that to a damn soul. I am underpaid,” Smith said. 

“That show is starting to occasionally rival (Pardon The Interruption’s) audience, some days on Monday’s I think Stephen A. may get 600,000 viewers and (Pardon The Interruption) may get 750 [thousand],” Whitlock stated.

Whitlock credited Smith’s performance compared to what “Undisputed” hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe have been able to do at Fox Sports. 

“I don’t know if, in the history of television, there’s ever been anyone paid $8-10 million a year when their signature show draws 400-500 thousand viewers on most days,” he added.

The Blaze TV host said he thought Smith was talking about the Monday Night Football crew of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as those who get paid more than Smith, but said there’s a reason for their high salaries compared to Smith’s.

“Part of their value is ABC and ESPN have always wanted a Super Bowl broadcast. They couldn’t get it with their second tier Monday Night Football broadcast. Now — with Buck and Aikman — they can get a Super Bowl broadcast. That’s the added value — the prestige — that Buck and Aikman add to ESPN.”

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Barstool Sports Star Big Cat Launches Coffee Business

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

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A new direct-to-consumer product from the minds at Barstool Sports has hit store shelves – coffee. Stella Blue Coffee is a new brand launched by Pardon My Take co-host and Barstool Sports star Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

The name was inspired by Big Cat’s love of coffee and his love for his recue dog Stella.

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

The coffee will feature three different blends. Positive Vibes is the light roast, Big Cat Blend is the medium roast and Electric Avenue Dark Roast. The coffee is available in 12-ounce whole bean bags, 12-ounce ground bags and pods for Keurig lovers.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coffee will go to PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill humane organization in Dan’s hometown.

Stella Blue is the latest Barstool-backed and created DTC product to hit store shelves. The company has a record of previous success launching other products including flavored vodka, beer and hard seltzers.

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Barstool Sports Raising Money In Memory of Murdered Virginia Football Players

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has announced a fundraising campaign for the three Virginia football players murdered earlier this week.

In a tweet, Portnoy said 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to support the families of Lavel “Tyler” Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, who were all killed in an on-campus shooting earlier this week.

Two of the three football players killed were Barstool Athletes, a name, image, and likeness program started by the online outlet.

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

Merchandise can be purchased here.

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Grant Wahl Details Run-In With Qatari Security At World Cup

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

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CBS Sports soccer analyst Grant Wahl has detailed an issue he had with security as the 2022 World Cup prepares to take place in Qatar.

In an article posted on his Substack, Wahl claimed he took a picture of a sign in the media center that said “Now is All”. He shared after he took the photo, a security guard immediately walked over.

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

The 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar has been viewed as controversial for a multitude of reasons, mostly centered around the country’s poor record on human rights. Other media members have shared their experiences with Qatari security, as a confrontation with a Danish television crew went viral earlier this week.

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