Dave Portnoy Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Barstool Sports originally planned to host its live College Football show from Boulder on Saturday, Sept. 9. But according to owner and founder Dave Portnoy, Colorado told Barstool not to come for the team’s first home game of the Deion Sanders era.

Portnoy put out a teaser on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, asking if anyone could guess Barstool’s first stop on its annual college football show this year. Based on the image, it appears that Bartsool will be headed to Tuscaloosa for the Sept. 9 matchup between Alabama and Texas.

After it was pointed out that Portnoy said back in December that the Barstool College Football Show would be live from Boulder on Sept. 9, he revealed that Colorado told Barstool not to come. 

“So, we pivoted,” Portnoy wrote.

While the company is bracing for major layoffs, this has nothing to do with that. Instead, as Portnoy suggested it’s because Colorado doesn’t want a split crowd between Barstool and Fox, who will be bringing the Big Noon Kickoff  to Boulder that same weekend in question.

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders responded to Portnoy on Twitter. Sanders asked Portnoy what was going on, seemingly having no idea that the University told his former employer not to come.


Prior to becoming the head coach at Jackson State and even during his time there, Sanders was an employee of Barstool Sports after leaving NFL Network. But Portnoy did not want to use that connection in this instance, saying he didn’t want to bother Sanders and that the college football show would come to Boulder some other time.

It seems that both Barstool and Sanders have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

[Dave Portnoy, Deion Sanders]

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