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ESPN Cancels "Barstool Van Talk" After Airing Only One Episode

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 23 / 17

ESPN has cancelled “Barstool Van Talk” after just one episode . ESPN President John Skipper in a brief statement this afternoon said, “While we had approval on the content of the show, I erred in assuming we could distance our efforts from the Barstool site and its content.&rdqu...

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