Well that didn’t last long. One week after premiering on ESPN2, Barstool Van Talk is officially done.
ESPN issued the following statement confirming the plug had been pulled on the program.
Upon learning of the network’s decision, Big Cat, PFT Commenter and Hank issued a statement expressing their disappointment.
BSM questioned last week whether or not this was a relationship built to last. Given the different climates and objectives of both brands it seemed unlikely to be a long lasting marriage.
The bigger question is, how did this project receive a green light in Bristol only to be cancelled one week later? Did John Skipper and his executive team not fully investigate how strong some of the commentaries were on Barstool’s platform?
Furthermore if you’re part of Barstool’s management circle, this has to leave you furious. The show they produced didn’t cross any lines and delivered a better performance than the programs which aired before and after it. An interview for the second episode had already been taped with former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick, and the company never hid who they were or what they were about.
Given the conclusion of this project, it appears unlikely the two sides will work on future projects but considering that we didn’t expect them to join forces in the first place, you can never be sure in the world of sports media.