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KFC Uses Barstool Venmo Account for Cancer Survivor

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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.


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.


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.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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