The power of a Barstool Venmo account shouldn’t go unnoticed.
You probably weren’t sitting in front of your TV last Wednesday night during a five-hour rain delay waiting for the Mets and Marlins to play a meaningless game baseball. You almost certainly weren’t one of the few people sitting at CitiField in the rain, but you may have seen Barstool radio host, Kevin Clancy (KFC), post on Twitter about someone who did.
Barstool is often in the news feuding with ESPN and Deadspin, at times being criticized for their frat-like culture, but Barstool is proof that fraternities can do a lot of good. Barstool firing up their Venmo account and uniting its supporters to raise money for a cause is a perfect example of that good.
Two teams without any hope of making the playoffs were scheduled to play, yet Allison Ruddick sat at CitiField for five-hours eagerly awaiting the game between the Mets and Marlins. At around 9pm, Allison took to social media pleading with the Mets to start the game.
While most people already left the stadium, or just decided to never go, Allison was determined to watch a baseball game while she was on a break from chemotherapy. Her “chemo vacation treat” as she fights colorectal cancer for the second time at the age of 35.
As soon as fellow Met fan KFC became aware of Allison’s situation, he shared her story and it didn’t take long for countless offers from Stoolies to buy Allison and her fiancé beer as they sat in the rain.
Lotta people reached out asking about Venmo and what not to buy Mets Superfan/Cancer’s Worst Nightmare Allison beers during the rain delay…naturally this was her response. Would rather people donate to Sloan Kettering instead. Class act. #KeepingCancerClassy https://t.co/qW5csNn2Th
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
It doesn’t take much effort for Kevin to fire up his Venmo account, but rallying the Stoolie community for a good cause should still be commended. It’s not uncommon for people to see something or someone on social media they would like to support, but they never go forward and research how to donate. KFC offering up his Venmo account spreads awareness and provides an instant opportunity for people to support a cause that they otherwise never would have.
Let’s get like $2500 or how about $5000 for @KeepCancrClassy. If you’re a @mets fan, a Stoolie, or a person who hates cancer (please note: this Venn Diagram consists of all of humanity), donate! pic.twitter.com/uiXMjAj7Hy
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
This isn’t the first time KFC and others from Barstool have used their Venmo account to garner support from Stoolies. In March the Barstool community rallied to raise over $100,000 for the family of Michael Davidson, the New York City firefighter who died on the movie set of Motherless Brooklyn. Davidson was survived by his wife Eileen and four children.
This time money was raised for Allison, but she will instead bring it to Sloan Kettering so that everyone can benefit from it. Great job by KFC and the Stoolies that donated this time, last time and next time. It’s inspiring to see the Barstool community meet baseball and rally to help beat cancer.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.
Women Downloading Sports Betting Apps Faster Than Men
“Mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year.”
The sports betting space saw a surge of new participants come into the realm last year. The fastest growing population? Women.
According to data compiled by Global Wireless Solutions, a mobile insights consulting firm, new female participation in the online sports betting market is nearly doubling the pace of their male counterparts. In their findings, mobile sports betting apps saw a massive increase of over 4.6 million new female users in 2021. That represents a 115% increase, year-over-year. New male users were up too from 2020, coming in at a 63% increase in 2021.
These very large spikes start to make the $4.3 billion made in sports betting revenue in 2021 seem like just the beginning.
Some of the numbers can be explained by the sheer volume of new available legal bettors. In 2021, five states launched online sports betting (Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Virginia and Wyoming).
This year stands to see even more of an increase with several more states implementing online sports betting (New York came online in January) and adding to their already legal retail offerings or at least deep into negotiations attempting such a feat as soon as possible.
Global Wireless Solutions also found the most effective sportsbook to bring new female users into the fold was by far and away FanDuel. That company signed up 1.7 million new female users while DraftKings attracted an estimated 900,000 new female customers. Men, according to GWS, still outpace women by 250% as a consumer base.