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Amin Elhassan: Reporters Don’t Care About Going Viral

“We’re here to do our jobs which is to cover the games, ask the questions, analyze what’s happening, try to figure out what’s next – move the story forward.”

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Much has been made of Kyrie Irving’s recent tweet about an antisemitic film as well as his exchange with ESPN NBA reporter Nick Friedell.

Irving pushed back at Friedell in a recent press conference, claiming the ESPN reporter was fishing for a reaction to go viral.

On The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Amin Elhassan made it clear beat reporters are just trying to do what they’re paid to do.

“Listen to me now. Listeners, people who are gonna watch this clip cause it might go viral, we don’t give a f— about this shit,” he said. “We’re here to do our jobs which is to cover the games, ask the questions, analyze what’s happening, try to figure out what’s next – move the story forward.”

Le Batard spoke about Irving trying to flip the script on the media as part of a wider hatred for those who work in media.

“I understand why they look down at reporters, and that part of it seems worse than it’s ever been,” he said. “The disdain that they have.”

But Elhassan added that part of the growing problem that the general public and athletes have for reporters is the fact that the people that are actually on the ground every day, writing or talking about what they see, are casually lumped into the same boat as columnists and personalities who editorialize and share opinion.

“It’s not the same, and the problem there is that Kyrie is not the only one who believes that,” Elhassan said. “And it’s not just the athletes who believe that. By and large I see it all the time in comments and stuff like that. People consuming the sport — who are consuming the content — truly do not distinguish at all — not one iota — that there’s a difference between the talking heads on television programs that are done by generalists.”

Amin further illustrated that point talking about how guys like Skip Bayless and other debate show hosts don’t cover teams and sports from the same vantage point that beat reporters do.

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    Dale Moog

    November 4, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Maybe he is like this, but I 100% disagree that is is EVERYONE. He lost all cred by making a blanket statement he can NOT back up. Do not put your opinion out and claim it is the opinion of everyone. This is another example of someone claiming to be an expert and not having a clue about the general topic they claim to be an expert on.

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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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