Labor Relations Board to Investigate ‘Barstool Sports’ Founder’s Tweets

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Courtesy of Barstool Sports

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Eriq Gardner on August 16, 2019.

Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, will have to answer to a charge with the National Labor Relations Board that his recent tweets amounted to an illegal effort to discourage his employees from joining a union.

“Heard @ringer employees want to unionize,” wrote Portnoy on August 12 in a reference to Bill Simmons’ media group. “Little refresher how I feel about unions.”

Portnoy linked to a post he authored four years ago upon a vote by Gawker staffers to unionize. The post stated, “BAHAHA! I hope and I pray that Barstool employees try to unionize. I can’t tell you how much I want them to unionize. Just so I can smash their little union to smithereens.” …

THR 8/16

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