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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Articles tagged: David Portnoy

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy gets into it with AOC over union talk

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was the top trending topic on Twitter for a large portion of Tuesday, and he got there after being called out by US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over his anti-union stance.

Portnoy has joked (?) many times in the past that he would crush any efforts his employees make to unionize. After the editorial staff of The Ringer announced on Monday that they are unionizing, he reminded his employees that his thoughts on the topic have not changed. In fact, he said any employee of Barstool who explores the possibility of forming a union will be fired.

If you’re familiar with Portnoy and his style, none of this will surprise you. Portnoy is willing to say just about anything if he thinks it will lead to good content, but even he probably never expected a direct response from Ocasio-Cortez.

Things blew up even more from there.

Of course, Portnoy has shown no sign of backing down. When former NHL player Ryan Whitney pointed out that the NHL Players Association helped him and fellow Barstool employee and former NHL’er Paul Bissonnette during their playing careers, Portnoy responded that he will “crush you like a grape.” He also faced angry mobs on Twitter the only way he knows how.

Remember, this is the same Portnoy who happily got arrested at the Super Bowl last year for supporting his hometown New England Patriots. For better or worse, his willingness to take on people like AOC has turned his company into a media juggernaut.

Watch: Dave Portnoy handcuffed, kicked out of Super Bowl

Dave Portnoy handcuffs

In the middle of the most boring Super Bowl ever, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was able to garner some serious attention.

Portnoy, a huge New England Patriots fan, was removed from his seats at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta and dragged away from the game:

The Barstool key man was put in handcuffs by security and followed by Atlanta police:

Portnoy has a long-running feud with the NFL over Deflategate. He was even arrested outside of NFL headquarters in 2015, leading him to be banned by the NFL. He was kicked out of Super Bowl Media Night during the week and is probably only too happy to have another big boost in attention after this incident.

Watch: Patriots fan tells ‘dirty’ Ndamukong Suh that they will be watching

Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh better not try any dirty tricks on Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, because New England Patriots will be watching … and are threatening retribution.

Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports, attended Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday in Atlanta. He is a huge Boston sports homer and humorist, and his exchange with the Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman is one you have to see.

You can tell that Suh seemed to enjoy the questions. But if I’m the Patriots, I don’t like that. You’re just giving Suh ideas and more motivation to potentially end Brady in the big game. This is actually tame for Portnoy, who once got arrested on behalf of his team.

Barstool Sports threatens lawsuit against NFL over ‘Sundays are for the Boys’ shirts

Barstool Sports has long been at war with the NFL, mostly stemming from founder Dave Portnoy’s passionate disdain for Roger Goodell because of the way the commissioner handled the Deflategate scandal. Now, Portnoy is considering taking the most powerful sports league in America to court.

And the native Bostonian feels confident that he would win.

On Tuesday, Portnoy told TMZ that his company is planning to send a cease and desist letter to the NFL over some Cowboys-themed “Sundays are for the Boys” shirts that are currently being sold on NFL.com. Portnoy made it no secret that he despises Goodell and isn’t going to let the NFL get away with what he considers a “clear copyright violation.”

“For them to put those shirts out, which is a clear copyright violation, pretty much the only copyright Barstool has ever had, the ‘Saturdays are for the Boys,’ that’s a ripoff,” Portnoy said. “They’d be the first ones to sue if that was reversed. They sue on things that they don’t even have the rights for.”

For those who are unfamiliar with the network, Barstool is a growing media company that specializes in satire. They have started numerous social media trends over the years, but the “Saturdays are for the Boys” movement is by far the biggest. Portnoy believes the NFL is playing directly off of that, and he is confident the shirts will be removed from the NFL Shop.

“We will take legal action. I’d be surprised if they don’t take them down, because they’re definitely in the wrong,” he said. “We’ll definitely send a cease and desist. There’s a million different variations of how people use that phrase, but every single time we’re basically found in the right. They wouldn’t be doing that shirt without ‘Saturdays are for the Boys.’ It’s a play on that.

“They’re definitely gonna take those shirts down. There’s no way, because we’d sue them. We’d go all the way through and sue them and win.”

No one understands the concept of “any publicity is good publicity” better than Portnoy, which is why he admitted he isn’t angry over the NFL allegedly stealing his company’s trademarked phrase. Remember, he and his cronies once went to jail for refusing to leave the NFL’s headquarters. They’ll take the content any way they can get it.

Dave Portnoy holds ‘Chris Mortensen lies’ sign on ESPN broadcast (Video)


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady met with Roger Goodell and the NFL very briefly in Manhattan federal court on Monday. It took about five minutes to determine that no settlement would be reached, but that was enough time for the official voice of Brady’s defense team to take a shot at Chris Mortensen on live television.

We’re talking about David Portnoy of Barstool Sports, of course.

Portnoy managed to walk up behind ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio with a sign that read “Chris Mortensen Lies” before security quickly shoved him away.

Another Barstool Sports employee later made his way into the shot wearing a “Free Brady” shirt and stood there for quite a while.

If you remember, these are the same guys who literally went to jail for protesting the Brady suspension outside the NFL offices in New York. You can read all about that adventure here.

Of course, Portnoy’s sign was referring to Mortensen’s incorrect report about Deflategate shortly after the scandal first erupted. The longtime ESPN reporter has since denied being played by an NFL source and claimed the Patriots apologized to him.

Judge Richard Berman says he will issue a decision on Deflategate this week.

David Portnoy of Barstool Sports had the best mug shot


Barstool Sports founder David Portnoy and his minions were released from jail on Wednesday morning — less than 24 hours after they were arrested for handcuffing themselves to each other at the NFL league offices in New York to protest Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

As expected, Portnoy’s mug shot was a work of art.

If the Barstool Sports crew’s arrest wasn’t the greatest publicity stunt in blogging history, I don’t know what is. Every network from major ones like ESPN to your local news station was talking about Tuesday’s incident. I mean, seriously, look at these guys:

You can see more photos and videos from before the four men were arrested here.

These are the situations that produce legends.

David Portnoy of Barstool Sports arrested for Patriots protest


David Portnoy, the founder of the incredibly popular website Barstool Sports, was arrested on Tuesday for protesting at the NFL league offices with some of his employees.

As we showed you earlier, Portnoy and some of his cronies sat on the floor of NFL headquarters on Park Avenue in New York and handcuffed themselves together as a show of support for Tom Brady. It wasn’t long before the head of security at the building informed them that the police were on their way, but they refused to move.

Kevin Clancy, the man in charge of Barstool’s New York website, later informed us that Portnoy and company had, in fact, been arrested.

As usual, this was a brilliant marketing move from Portnoy. Every major sports media outlet in the nation has mentioned the protest on Twitter or written a story about it, so the exposure Barstool gains will be well worth whatever charges are brought or fines need to be paid.

The Patriots stuck with a small social media stunt to show their support for Brady. Portnoy apparently has the rest covered.