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ESPN ends Barstool partnership after one show amid misogyny claims

27 October, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Lamar Ellis
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Jenn Sterger, mostly known for exposing Brett Favre for sending her unsolicited pics years ago, took to Twitter and told a story of how high ranking ESPN executives sexually harassed her and using the same type of language that Barstool Sports uses as they try and distance themselves from them after they signed them on to do a show on ESPN2.

In the days leading up to the show's debut, National Football League reporter Sam Ponder expressed her "disappointment" in ESPN's decision to bring on Barstool personalities onto the network, citing the website's past history of misogyny.

Barstool - and the two talents involved in "Van Talk", Dan "Big Cat" Katz and PFT Commenter - are what they are.

Hosted by PFT Commenter and Barstool Big Cat, the show has already been canceled in a surprising move announced by ESPN on Monday.

She said on one occassion, when she was 23, ESPN employees told her to join the team at a club following her interview.

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What happens next for PFT Commenter and Big Cat remains to be seen, but they'll no longer host the ESPN show.

Later in the episode, "SportsCenter" anchor Scott Van Pelt visited the Barstool van to talk up the evolution of ESPN's content strategy and the run of bad beats he's been contending with in his weekly National Football League picks. Thank you tall the Award Winning Listeners/Watchers for supporting us, and thank you to all the great people who worked alongside us at ESPN and Embassy Row.

"Although we are heartbroken, Pardon My Take will continue to get bigger and stronger every single day", the personalities said.

The debut episode of "Barstool Van Talk", which aired at 1 a.m. ET, drew a.05 overnight rating and 88,000 viewers. In keeping with the frat-boy ethos that informs Barstool, Portnoy informs an absent Ponder that her on-air position calls for her to "sex it up and be slutty and not be some prude fucking jerk who everybody hates".

Portnoy ended his speech by hinting that Barstool could add some subscription model in the future "because we're willing to sacrifice outside pressures which will dictate what you do to keep our content real". "That's why ESPN had to turn to us", Portnoy said. "I had to watch as my male coworkers got lap-dances from girls while they teased me about how I was uncomfortable and didn't want to participate". I don't take back the rift. "Welcome to the ESPN family @BarstoolBigCat (& welcome to all ur minions who will respond to this so kindly)", wrote Ponder, along with a screenshot from a 2014 Barstool blog telling the presenter to "fuck yourself" after she wrote about the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. The Barstool Sports site draws north of 6 million unique visitors per month, while its official Twitter account has 942,000 followers.



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