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Dave Portnoy Says NFL Has Not Given His Money Back

“It was last Friday that the league stated Portnoy failed their background check and would not allow Barstool’s president to watch a game with Goodell from the commissioner’s home.”

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Barstool president Dave Portnoy is waiting on his $250,000 refund from the NFL. After winning a charity auction to watch a Monday Night Football game with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league rejected Portnoy’s bid, but still has his money. 

“I have not been refunded yet,” Portnoy said on Tuesday’s episode of The Kirk Minihane Show, adding that his card was charged instantly. Portnoy announced he won the auction on Sunday, May 10. It was last Friday that the league stated Portnoy failed their background check and would not allow Barstool’s president to watch a game with Goodell from the commissioner’s home. 

“He was the highest bidder, but the bid was contingent upon a background check,” said NFL VP of Communications Brian McCarthy. “So he consented to the background check, and it came back and he heard from the NFL today that he did not pass the background check. He will not be the winner.”

It was a long shot at best, no one expected the NFL to accept Portnoy’s donation and award him the opportunity to enter Goodell’s basement. But it’s also surprising that the league allowed Barstool’s president to place multiple bids and accept $250,000 from him. 

They were aware of Portnoy’s encounters with NFL security, which included being arrested at their headquarters in 2015, trespassing in ‘16 and falsifying credentials to enter Super Bowl LIII Media Night in ’19. And they were likely aware those incidents would serve as an excuse to keep Portnoy from being considered the auction winner. 

“Best case scenario, it somehow slips and they basically rob me,” Portnoy told Minihane. “Maybe it’s grand larceny, I don’t know what charges I could trump up on him stealing my money for a charity event.”

While the NFL will certainly take a revenue hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, $250,000 is still an easy refund. The NFL reportedly generated more than $16 billion of revenue in 2018 and their 32 franchises were valued at a combined $91 billion prior to the start of last season.

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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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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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