NFL pulls credentials from Barstool Sports

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Barstool Sports is a growing destination for sports fans, particularly young and male sports fans, and on Monday it officially became mainstream when it launched a new show on Comedy Central. But the NFL does not find Barstool Sports amusing.

The league pulled Super Bowl week credentials from Barstool Sports employees, forcing them to cancel scheduled appearances on Radio Row, including a planned spot on PFT Live today.

The reason? Four Barstool Sports employees once organized a sit-in at the league offices to protest Roger Goodell’s handling of Deflategate, and when they refused to leave, they were arrested. The league said it doesn’t credential people who have been involved in such antics.

Despite the league pulling the outlet’s credentials, Barstool Sports’ well-known provocateur PFT Commenter managed to get in to Super Bowl Opening Night, where he asked a question of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. So the league wasn’t able to completely shut down the site’s access to all Super Bowl activities.

But the league is keeping Barstool Sports from promoting itself on Radio Row today. That’s an extremely unusual step for the NFL to take, and one that points to a growing chasm between the old-school NFL and the new-school media.

100 responses to “NFL pulls credentials from Barstool Sports

  1. Speaking only for myself, I’m okay with media outlets that are staffed by trained professional journalists – in sports, news, business, entertainment, or any other field.

  2. Barstool is great. A smart person learns to take them in stride.

    Sticking it to Goodell should be a new sport league!

    Freedom of the press above must be above 345 Park ave.

  3. I miss the old media. Not just the old football media but the regular media too.

    In the old days

    Here is the news………Over here, if you want them, we might have some opinions about said news.

    These days they are blended up into being the same thing. I just want the news and that’s it. I’m fully capable of thinking about the topic and forming my own opinion all on my own. Now days even “the facts” are highly debatable.

  4. looks like portnoy and his buddies got busted,
    but that will not stop them.

    it has been hilarious watching them confront
    the arrogant, obnoxious and jealous losers
    who have the agenda against the pats.

    people like marshall faulk and other former
    players who sit there and lie and act all
    butthurt because they lost a big game to the
    better team 10+ years ago, was priceless to watch

    goodell using fascist censorship in this case, makes them
    look worse

    goodell caught again

  5. Goodell is such a crony. The league is going to continue its downward spiral of ratings and attendance and cities are not going to allow the NFL to use their names outside of their city limits any longer.

    It is kind of ironic that the league’s ratings are dropping universally but they are limiting access. Very Trumpesque!

  6. When I became an NFL fan as a kid is was to watch great athletes play a great sport. I didn’t care about who the commissioner was. I still don’t care. Goodell should not be such an important figure in the NFL from a fans perspective. He should be almost invisible.

  7. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Jan 31, 2017 9:04 AM
    The Ideal Gas “Law” is FakeScience, so I don’t blame the NFL.

    just so you know, even the people hired to nail the Pats would disagree with you

    think about that

  8. First they came for the Saints, and I said nothing…
    Then they came for Brady, and i said nothing (not really) …
    Then they came for the pot smokers, and i said nothing …
    Then they came for Barstool, and i said nothing …
    Now they have come for me, and there is no one left to say anything

    way to go goodell, another notch in your belt…

  9. By doing this, the NFL just provided Barstool way more exposure and promotion than if they’d just ignored them. I hadn’t even heard of them until this, but will definitely give them some clicks. Brilliant PR move once again NFL!

  10. “The Ideal Gas “Law” is FakeScience, so I don’t blame the NFL.”

    Double facepalm.

    I advise you go buy yourself an official NFL football. Included in the instructions is a statement that the ball can lose pressure in cold weather.

    Not to mention that all over the country in cold weather states, people have been getting low tire pressure alerts due to, you got it, cold weather. Mine has been coming on every 2 weeks like clockwork.

    The only thing fake is the league manufacturing deflategate. You show only how poorly educated you are with that statement.

  11. Ray Lewis going to be there? Got forbid they ban people for a “sit-in” at NFL headquarters, but allow someone who, more probable than not, hindered a murder investigation.

  12. lscottman3 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 9:09 AM
    And this surprises who?

    Godell can do whatever he wants to do
    2 dopey judges in NU said so

    ——————-

    The two judges were right though. Their job was to interpret the CBA that the dopey NFLPA signed off on.

  13. So, to be clear, a league that previously lets a ‘sports journalist’ wander around media day in a wedding dress and ask a starting QB if he will marry her pulled credentials from one of the webs fastest growing sites for a key demographic? Because some of the their employees were arrested during a peaceful sit in almost 2 years ago? But that site had credentials last year when NE wasn’t in the SB? But it’s about that May 2015 arrest and not the Fire Goodell shirt one of them was wearing on radio row? Seems legit…

  14. Ironic the credentials were pulled in time to prevent them from appearing on radio row…they protested the “Commissioner in Chief” aver a year ago…

  15. greenlargo

    The two judges were right though. Their job was to interpret the CBA that the dopey NFLPA signed off on.
    ====================================

    the lead judge disagreed as did almost all of the friends of the court briefs that were filed who saw the ruling having many unforeseen actions.

    had the two judges actually done their job, and not rely on their jet fan clerks, they would have realized that the CBA in itself is an agreement that was not negotiated fairly. How could it be fair when the owners locked out the players. remember the majority of players have a short window, maybe three to five year of earning potential. a lock out is akin to holding a gun to their head , and saying sign this.

    But the two judges took the easy shameful approach.

  16. And the NFL’s actions cause me to have a look at Barstool sports for the first time…proving the old adage that any publicity is good publicity!

  17. I wish they would just have the Super Bowl the week after the Championship games. I get that they want to hype it up for the $$$, but the media events are just plain dumb. It’s either the same question asked by a different reporter, or just completely irrelevant questions….No wonder a lot of the guys try to duck the media obligations.

  18. @factschecker says – “I miss the old media”.

    You’re missing something that never existed. Yellow journalism was coined as a phrase to describe 1800s newspapers. Cronkite and Huntley & Brinkley were giving you their slant on the news. There were not other sources to call them on it.

  19. My fifth grade nun had a saying, “Tell the truth and shame the devil”.

    Deflategate blew up in the face of Goodell, the NFL stooges in NY, and many owners. They won in court because they have the power of a Leviathon, a power forced on the players in an owner’s lock out and bargained away by the NFLPA. Thankfully, before winning on appeal, the NFL and Goodell were exposed for being liars by a New York jurist who unsealed court documents that the NFL expected the public would never see.

    Justice Brandeis said that “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”

  20. Goodell is running the NFL like the Dictator in Chief he is. He is always right and everyone else is an idiot. Seems like he’s taking a page right from the Trump playbook

  21. Stealth sponsored post lol this is better publicity for them than if they sat in a media row full of 50 guys arguing the same clickbait talking points

  22. At some point several years ago, the line between the mainstream media and the tabloids began to blur. I have no problem with the NFL pushing the tabloids back a few inches. I like it better when the media covers the sports story. Not so much when the media tries to be the story.

  23. Sadly, outlets like ESPN and one that will remain nameless, are shills for the NFL because they suckle on the NFL teet.

  24. “tonebones says:
    Jan 31, 2017 10:11 AM
    At some point several years ago, the line between the mainstream media and the tabloids began to blur. I have no problem with the NFL pushing the tabloids back a few inches. I like it better when the media covers the sports story. Not so much when the media tries to be the story.”

    There will always be apologists for abusive power. History tells us that it was a free and independent media that helped expose Joe McCarthy, the segregationists, the truth behind the Vietnam War, the FBI Cointelpro program and its campaign against Martin Luther King, the hypocrisy of MLB on one hand condemning drug use while hyping McGuire and Sosa, the bs WMD rationale for the invasion of Iraq, and the idiocy of Deflategate

  25. A guy went from posting on these very articles, to Comedy Central. Think about that for a second…

  26. First good thing the NFL has done. Portnoy is a pig. I can still remember the picture he posted of TB’s naked son. Exploitation of children akin to Kiddie porn. When I emailed his company I got several profanity laced emails.
    He and Goodell are a couple of douche bags in a pod

  27. Brady should have really said what he thought of goodell a couple weeks ago. He would have had his credentials pulled as well and would not have had to make an appearance at that farce that went on last night.

  28. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 10:04 AM
    @factschecker says – “I miss the old media”.

    You’re missing something that never existed. Yellow journalism was coined as a phrase to describe 1800s newspapers. Cronkite and Huntley & Brinkley were giving you their slant on the news. There were not other sources to call them on it.
    ~~~~~~~~
    It was never as bad as it is now. There was competition to break stories first but they were, for the most part, validated. Now, first is the only goal. They do not even care if they are right anymore because the goal is no longer to inform. The goal these days is simple publicity that garners views or clicks that translate to profit. Journalists in most areas of coverage report their own opinions AS the news. The most controversial or scandalous take will be promoted because that generates the most profit. It is shameful and the journalists are no longer capable of policing their own.

  29. margoadams says:
    Jan 31, 2017 11:03 AM
    Butt Hurt Censorship by The NFL! #DeflateGate Karma will follow Goodell, Vincent, Kensil et al for quite some time.
    ==============
    Deflategate will also follow tommy the rest of his career.
    he is guilty.

  30. So many flaws in the comments here that I feel I need to cure some ignorance. 1. On Defaltegatge, Brady cheated. He was punished. Was the punishment fair? Probably not but it happened. If you think ideal gas law explains the pressure change in such a short period of time, you don’t understand it. Just try it yourself next time it’s cold by bringing a football outside and measuring the PSI difference from inside. 2. Barstool sports is not journalism, it’s shock jock. If the NFL wants to pull it’s “media” credentials then they have the right to do so. 3. All that being said, this is stupid. The NFL takes itself a bit too seriously some times and PFT Commenter is hilarious. The league seems to go out of their way to prove the “No Fun League” moniker correct all the time.

  31. JSpicoli says:
    Jan 31, 2017 9:05 AM
    NFL taking lessons from the DNC.
    =================================================

    Uh, Trump is the one threatening to ban journalists.

  32. article 46 has been in the cba
    since 1969

    the difference is goodell is corrupt and rozelle and
    tagliabue were not

    goodell had been caught lying almost every single time

  33. This is fitting for what the country has become. Whenever someone was critical of Obama or Clinton, they were trashed (mainly the race or gender card being played since according to liberals, black people and women are above criticism and can do no wrong) and basically blackballed. Now with Trump, if you support him you are blackballed.

    Remains to be seen if Trump critics will be blackballed but I imagine they will be too.

  34. granadafan says:
    Jan 31, 2017 11:36 AM
    JSpicoli says:
    Jan 31, 2017 9:05 AM
    NFL taking lessons from the DNC.
    =================================================

    Uh, Trump is the one threatening to ban journalists.
    ———————–
    Uh, the left wing papers are blatantly lying and undermining the presidency. Some should be banned.

    go ahead

    run to your local protest meeting spot and start making your hate signs.
    afterall, that IS the primary job for most of these DNC lunatics.

  35. “Uh, Trump is the one threatening to ban journalists.”

    You must have missed the e-mails where the “objective” journalists were openly aiding Hillary in the debates. That was his point, get all the softball questions.

  36. “The league said it doesn’t credential people who have been involved in such antics.”

    But they’re ok paying people $5 million to run “such antics” and pretend it is an “independent investigation” and they’re ok hiring a Commissioner that openly is involved in much worse “such antics”. hypocrites!!!

  37. Barstool sports is run by a bunch of fools, they’re the “jackass” of sports media. I’m embarrassed that they’re linked to a great sports organization like the Pats.

  38. pauldeba says:
    Jan 31, 2017 12:10 PM
    “Uh, Trump is the one threatening to ban journalists.”

    You must have missed the e-mails where the “objective” journalists were openly aiding Hillary in the debates. That was his point, get all the softball questions.

    ______________________________________

    and you probably believe that Fox is the only network providing “real journalism”, even though the next tough question they ask Trump will be the first

  39. Goodell and the NFL are the modern day corporations that if u dont fall in line with their agenda and script they ban u.

    O but they have no problem taking taxpayer money. Im glad these scumbags are finding more cities are just lobbing them the bird

  40. cardinealsfan20 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 10:04 AM
    @factschecker says – “I miss the old media”.
    ================================

    “I miss the old Barstool Sports”

  41. So this is going to be Comedy Central’s version of TMZ Sports? I suppose I can fit in ignoring them as well when I flip channels…

  42. Barstool also parlayed the arrest in New York into a giant pile of cash in t-shirt sales, and eventually a 7 figure buyout of a website basically founded on videos of drunk girls fighting eachother.

    Something tells me this isn’t going to have the effect that Uncle Roger intended.

  43. This “Big Game” can’t go by fast enough.. My gosh, I am so sick of the Patriots’ victim hood and whining by many of their fans making everything about the Patriots and how they have been mistreated. Boo friggin hoo.

    We get it, you don’t like Goodell, get over it. I don’t know which is worse, Patriots’ fans, or the New England media which in many cases stoke the fires of Patriots’ victim hood. I wonder if/when the Patriots are going to have pacifier day or change a dirty diaper day for their fans.

    As for Barstool Sports? Been there, saw that. As Bart Simpson might say, ” I didn’t know it was possible for anything to both suck and blow at the same time.”

    So, Barstool Sports has its own show on Comedy Central? Cable’s demise can’t be that far off. Yet, another reason to go the skinny cable bundle route.

  44. Not a fan of Barstool Sports. Seems very childish. After reading about Uncle Chaps who contributes to the site, and fought for this country, he’s entitled to do what he wants. Thank you for your service.

  45. Criticize Pats fans, Boston media and Barstool Sports. Then back it up using a quote from Bart Simpson. The cartoon character. Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up.

  46. dakelliot says ideal gas law is fake…why were pittsburgh balls at 11.4 and 11.6…must have cheated..take 1 mil, 1st and third and suspend Ben for 4.

  47. The smallest accomplishment makes David Portnoy literally insufferable. He’s a self centered, me first, ass-clown. If you don’t want your credentials revoked, then don’t act like a child every chance you get.

  48. But we’re OK with Chris “I deserve sympathy as a cancer patient” Mortenson’s lies? Yes, lies, not mistakes. If they were mistakes, or if he was duped, he’d come clean, right? Because that’s what a REAL reporter does.

    I wonder if Mort sleeps well at night, knowing how many lives he screwed over with his capricious use of his pulpit.

    Did I say capricious? I think perhaps criminal is closer.

  49. donbat67 says:
    Jan 31, 2017 12:29 PM
    any idiot with an I phone thinks they are media.
    ==========================
    I’ve got an Android. Does that mean I’m not a journalist anymore?

  50. I don’t fault the league here, and I do sometimes go to Barstool. They aren’t journalists, they are comedians. That’s fine, but if you want to be accepted as journalists, you need to ACT like them.

  51. tigerlilac says:
    Jan 31, 2017 10:34 AM
    “tonebones says:
    Jan 31, 2017 10:11 AM
    At some point several years ago, the line between the mainstream media and the tabloids began to blur. I have no problem with the NFL pushing the tabloids back a few inches. I like it better when the media covers the sports story. Not so much when the media tries to be the story.”

    There will always be apologists for abusive power. History tells us that it was a free and independent media that helped expose Joe McCarthy, the segregationists, the truth behind the Vietnam War, the FBI Cointelpro program and its campaign against Martin Luther King, the hypocrisy of MLB on one hand condemning drug use while hyping McGuire and Sosa, the bs WMD rationale for the invasion of Iraq, and the idiocy of Deflategate
    ————————————————————
    I agree with all you said but how could you omit Watergate? It was a free press that took down a paranoid President who famously said that when the President does it it’s not illegal. I for one have a deep faith in the press that they will expose wrongs and keep dishonest men and women held accountable. That a large segment of the population now see’s the press as the enemy is alarming.

  52. Am I the only person that couldn’t care less about this Superbowl because of media garbage like this? Everyone blames Trump. Everyone blames Obama. Everyone claims that whoever doesn’t agree with them is a racist or a Nazi. What the hell have we become? Why have we allowed the media to inject politics into our distractions? If only Bob Costas didn’t rant about gun control and certain others didn’t rant about the Redskins. Not sure why sports reporters thought their role in society was to be social justice warriors but my lord it sucks.

  53. Agree to disagree times infinity about the media, imodan. The media has betrayed the public trust so many times the past 20 years it’s mind-numbing. They have nothing but disdain for you, me and everyone else and have certainly lost my trust and belief forever.

  54. The NFL has now become an active member of the Main Stream Media – suppressing anything that does not support it’s agenda.

    The playoffs were the only games my family and I watched this year. For example, spotting the ball on the 25 after a kickoff touch-back was a surprise I learned about during the playoffs.

  55. in reply to dakelliot:
    public voices continue to be marginalized and curtailed. Some see limited opportunity to actually comment or confront wrongs….

    the means available for addressing longstanding ills are few and heavily controlled. Ironic in such a ‘free’ country with a ‘free’ press.

    Now? Not so much.

    Chris Hedges writes of critically important social outlets in complex societies for the expression of public sentiment…having a pressure relief function.
    Once those are gone, pressure to express and address social needs mounts…. often in the only avenues that remain.

    This is the problem with those who seek to control everything. It is a predictor of unrest, blowback.

  56. I know Barstool as the outlet that had Emil Austen on their FB live event doing her best to offend as many races as possible and they did nothing but laugh and encourage her.

    So. Yeah. Whatever.

    As for banning media credentials, let’s not act too shocked here. It’s par for the course these days.

  57. donbat67 says:
    any idiot with an I phone thinks they are media

    We have this thing called the 1st Amendment. It is deliberate in its’ intention, existence: a check on power.

    Institutionalizing “official media” is a means to control the narrative, and a favorite ploy of dictators, authoritarians, corporations, those wielding power, religions founded on superstition and unquestioning claims of inerrancy…

    The founders saw up close and personal what happens with divine absolute monarchs and popes to know enough to include a check.

    “Checks and Balances on Power”
    look it up….
    take a selfie
    post it
    get someone to notice… it still exists

  58. Your Free Constitution Lesson of the Day:

    The First Amendment only prevents the Government from infringing on the right to free speech. Last time I checked, the NFL, as flawed and arrogant as they may be, is not a government entity. Hence, they are within their rights to deny Barstool Sports press credentials.

    You’re welcome.

  59. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Jan 31, 2017 9:04 AM
    The Ideal Gas “Law” is FakeScience, so I don’t blame the NFL.
    _________________________________________
    Ah the salty Seahawks fans are out in force. Sorry orisis, but that ship has sailed. Science is science, nothing fake about it. It’s about as real as Malcomb Butlers interception that ripped your heart out. You Mad Bro?

  60. RegisHawk says:
    Jan 31, 2017 12:42 PM
    So this is going to be Comedy Central’s version of TMZ Sports? I suppose I can fit in ignoring them as well when I flip channels…

    _________________________________________
    You could do that except it’s a website, not a “Channel”. Don’t tell me….. Seahawks fan? Fits.

  61. Hahaha that’s great. Portnoy is prollyrallying the troops for a peaceful protest of that dang stool logo to be everyfreakingwhere this week.

  62. You could do that except it’s a website, not a “Channel”. Don’t tell me….. Seahawks fan? Fits.

    Except that it’s also a TV show on Comedy Central (what we refer to as a “Channel”). Don’t tell me…idiot? Fits.

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