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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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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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