HOUSTON -- Barstool Sports has brought its brand to Comedy Central this week, but its set at the Kirby Ice House here in town has been about as close as its employees have been allowed to any official Super Bowl activities.
They've been banned by the league, they've said. That means no Radio Row, no press conferences, no game. (Although one Barstool personality, PFT Commenter, found a way to get into Opening Night at Minute Maid Park on Monday.)
Roger Goodell insisted he knows nothing about a ban for Barstool.
"I'm not familiar with this," he said Wednesday. "I really have no information on who's credentialled and who's not credentialled. I'll take your word for it. I assume there's a reason why there's a particular organization that may not be credentialled to be here, but I think you can see by looking around, we have pretty open arms about who attends the Super Bowl as a media outlet."
Barstool hasn't done much to ingratiate itself with the league. Dave Portnoy, the site's founder, has been particularly critical, especially since Deflategate began. Still, the site's readers represent a huge swath of young NFL fans so the question as to why a company with that kind of appeal wouldn't be allowed to the Super Bowl was understandable.