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Big Cat, Dave Portnoy Lay Into Rico Bosco’s Work Ethic

“The contentious conversation continued to escalate after Portnoy said to Bosco “You get away with murder.”

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On last Friday’s episode of the Dave Portnoy Show with Eddie & Company; Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy offered an ultimatum to sports gambling handicapper Rico Bosco. The details of the Ultimatum were simply that Rico Bosco had to be present in the Barstool office every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to co-host Barstool Sports daily gambling show called Picks Central.

If Bosco failed to comply with being present in the Barstool office on Monday, then Portnoy declared that Bosco would be replaced by his longtime sports gambling nemesis named Jeff Nadu. Fast-forward to Monday and Rico was nowhere to be found at the Barstool office.

The highly anticipated confrontation began with the co-host Eddie introducing Rico Bosco by saying “As you can see leading off here there’s a guest in the studio. We have Rico Bosco, who seems very unhappy”. Portnoy would quickly follow the introduction with “He seems unhappy with you Eddie, he called you sandwich boy”.

The contentious conversation continued to escalate after Portnoy said to Bosco “You get away with murder. You get away with more than anybody else. I said exactly what I was going to do. When in the history of Barstool did I do that with any employee where I tell them they have to be here on this day, and just didn’t show up. That’s the end of the company! You can’t respect your coach, you can’t respect your leader, you can’t respect your parents…”.

After a few small back-and-forths between Portnoy and Bosco, Big Cat took a shot at explaining the principle of the ultimatum. Big Cat said, “…we got a horse, we want him to run. Sometimes he walks and sometimes he runs. When we put a carrot in front of you named Nadu-du-du (referencing Bosco’s rival Jeff Nadu) you run faster than any horse I have ever seen in my life. When you eat the carrot you then trot and trot and trot”.

Portnoy followed Big Cat’s analogy by telling Bosco “Your bread and butter is Pick Em’ (Barstool Sports gambling show) and college football”. This is when Bosco finally made an effort in defending his honor by saying “I need an opportunity here”.

He then completely erupted and starting screaming “PICK EM’, PICK EM’, PICK EM’, AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL… OVERLAPPED WITH BENCH MOB (Barstool Sports podcast on college basketball)”. He continued to yell “THEY DON’T DO IT IN JULY. FIND ME A COLLEGE GAME BEING PLAYED RIGHT NOW…”.

The conversation then switched gears to the topic of Rico Bosco making bad gambling picks as of late. To sum everything up Portnoy thought Rico Bosco was becoming complacent. Portnoy wanted to motivate Bosco with the consequence of getting his job taken by a rival handicapper (Jeff Nadu). Only time will tell if Rico Bosco finally learned the lesson that some things are bigger than sports.

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Dave Portnoy Tells Business Insider CEO He Is ‘Piece Of S*** Coward’

“Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted.”

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Dave Portnoy is not going to move on from his hate of Business Insider. The Barstool founder joined a Twitter Spaces session on Thursday night where the public had a chance to talk to Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget.

The event was hosted by the New York Times. Blodget was part of a panel discussing issues facing the business community.

“So yeah, I saw that piece of shit Henry Blodget’s on there,” Portnoy said when his mic went live. “My first question’s why would a piece of shit who’s been banned by the SEC from talking about stocks be on there. My second question is hey Henry, you f***ing coward, you know everything you wrote about me was bullshit. Why don’t you ever sit down with me you f***ing piece of shit coward. That’s my question.”

Despite objections from the moderator, Dave Portnoy got out his entire question before his mic was muted. No answer came. The moderator apologized to Blodget and ended the event.

The accusations of Blodget being banned by the SEC from discussing financial advice are true. Portnoy was referncing fraud charges that Blodget settled in 2003 when he was a Wall Street analyst.

Business Insider has ran a salacious piece about Portnoy’s sex life in November. It included accusations of misconduct from three women that claimed consensual sexual encounters with Portnoy took a dark turn without their consent.

Dave Portnoy has maintained the story is not true. He has also threatened to sue Blodget, Business Insider and the story’s author Julia Black.

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Mile High Sports Acquires Colorado Preps

“Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.”

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Mile High Sports has acquired the Colorado Preps brand, including ColoradoPreps.com and the company’s radio and podcast networks. The deal is effective immediately.

“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished through 19 years of the Colorado Preps Network and very excited about the future with Mile High Sports,” said Kevin Shaffer, owner and founder of Colorado Preps. “The MHS crew is poised to bring additional and expanded coverage to high school sports across the state and we’re honored to stay involved with the network and help its growth.”

He will remain on the staff and continue hosting and producing radio and digital shows.

“With the elimination of the Rocky Mountain News, and shrinking budgets across most news outlets, local high school sports coverage has often and unfortunately become the casualty,” said Mile High Sports Editor-in-Chief Doug Ottewill. “But there will always be kids playing sports and parents wanting to read about those kids playing sports. I think ColoradoPreps.com fills a need and a niche that will never go away, no matter what’s happening on the bigger sports landscape in Colorado.”

Mile High Sports adds Colorado Preps to a portfolio that includes a radio brand broadcasting on 98.1 FM and 107.5 FM HD-3 in Denver, a magazine, and MileHighSports.com.

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Barstool Sports To Eliminate Some Podcasts

“We almost created a model where we started with all the resources, we didn’t start with the idea or the people and as a result, we have a lot of things that weren’t necessarily going in the right places.”

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Barstool Sports is doing some internal re-organizing. As a result, some shows are being cancelled.

Talking on her podcast Token CEO, Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini said the company has looked under the hood the past few months and are trying to clean things up.

Nardini also stated that the company’s spending needs to be reined in. She feels like too much has been invested in content that hasn’t been delivered, and creative freedom has become more of a curse than a blessing.

“We almost created a model where we started with all the resources, we didn’t start with the idea or the people and as a result, we have a lot of things that weren’t necessarily going in the right places,” she said.

In the podcast space, Barstool has 94 different offerings to choose from. Nardini said it’s just become too much, and they’re going to have to scale things back.

“No company of our size should have 94 shows,” she said. “What was my mistake and our mistake? We treated all 94 shows equal.”

Nardini realizes that means tough decisions are going to have to be made. Good, talented people will either have to move on or their jobs will be re-purposed.

“I’m bummed that it impacts people’s jobs,” she said. “I think that is a really, really serious thing when a role gets impacted and things change. You have to take that with a little bit of a heavy heart.”

Erika didn’t specify which shows, in particular, would be getting the ax, but it’s believed that the show Podfathers will be among them.

Show co-hosts Michael McCarthy aka “Large” and Justin Clemenza aka “Clem” took to Twitter and to the Barstool blog to announce the parenting podcast was no more.

Jordan Demcher aka “Jordie” tweeted a couple of thoughts on the situation but then clarified his podcast would carry on.

Keep your eyes on social media over the next few days for more details on this situation from Barstool’s personalities.

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