Barstool Sports Founder Dave Portnoy Starts Fund To Aide Businesses Struggling due to Blue State Lockdowns

Sports news blog Barstool Sports announced a half-a-million-dollar fund they created to support small businesses struggling to keep the doors open as rigid pandemic restrictions force them to reduce capacity or shut down altogether.  

The website’s founder Dave Portnoy, who has been critical of politicians ordering businesses to close down and essentially forcing them to go out of business.  

“What do they think is going to happen? What do they think is going to happen to the thousands of restaurants, the bars?  They’re done! The bar and restaurant industry, small businesses, have been squeezed and squeezed and squeezed.”

If the politicians aren’t going to help small businesses, Portnoy will. On Thursday he announced the formation of “The Barstool Fund,” which will help small businesses stay alive until the government offers relief.  

“We’ve come up with a plan. Is it the best plan? No. The best plan is the government getting off their a** and issuing relief, billions of dollars to these small business owners who are losing their livelihoods,” Portnoy said in a video on Twitter. “That’s the solution. That’s the only solution really — but barring that, we’re going to do whatever we can.”

Portnoy said the fund was modeled after his cameraman’s father Frankie’s restaurant, who has made it a policy to pay his employee’s salaries despite being shuttered off and on during the pandemic.  

“The requirement is: your payroll has to be on; you’re employees have to still be getting paid. So, if you meet that, and you’re a small business that’s been around for a little bit, or maybe not, but [if it’s a] gym, restaurant, bar, and you’re not going to be able to survive the next couple of months, send us an email.”

Portnoy said the fund will send approved businesses monthly checks until the shutdowns are over, committing to raising more money through fundraising platforms, or personally paying it himself if he has to.

“We are going to try to save as many businesses, small businesses as we can. Keep the employees getting paid, keep the owners in business, till this thing is over, and hopefully, we can save as many small businesses as humanly possible,” Portnoy concluded.  

Frankie’s restaurant is the first business that has been approved to be supported by the fund.  

 

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Edi
Edi
1 month ago

Get rid of the Dimm gov’s. They are stains on this country.

Stephane
1 month ago

The DEMONRATS inculcate fear in order to control.
Teach the DEMONRATS lessons they cannot deny!
Today’s demonrats are the TRAITORS Jefferson spoke of.

R R
R R
1 month ago

I’m up for that. I have been saying: where is Google or Microsoft or Facebook or Amazon? All the lefties who have made $billions being an American company and a lot from the pandemic and they sit around and do nothing but push people like Biden and Harris and Pelosi and Newsom and Cuomo on us but expect the feds to keep printing money, like that won’t hurt us in the long run, while they sit around and do nothing. Shame on the $billionaires and that includes the Hollywood elite. Good for Portnoy. I’m chipping in right now and have given to my local food bank and some international funds as well like Food for the Poor.

Louie Rey
Louie Rey
1 month ago

The first story was about how Kareem wanted to have Big Tech silence conservatives. That’s un-American and HE should be the one silenced. On the other hand, David Portnoy wants to help struggling businesses to survive. Now THAT is a true American.

Rivahmitch
Rivahmitch
1 month ago

It doesn’t shame the female canine. It just eases her guilt because he’s paying for its mistake.

Ellen
1 month ago

Muzzles Not masks !
Control not protection!
Fear mongering not Facts !

Terry
1 month ago

I doubt that it will even phase Pelosi, because after ALL Democrat’s can’t admit their failure’s, they just point their finger’s at someone else, usually President Trump.

GranJan
GranJan
1 month ago

I would love to see the likes of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates join in this cause!

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