Who owns barstool.com?

Edit August 3, 2021: After publishing this article, barstool.com has been set to redirect here for some of the visitor traffic.

Assuming that you know who Barstool Sports is, you may have come across a specific domain and started to wonder what is going on with “barstool.com” and who owns it.

Since it appears to obviously not be owned by Barstool Sports. Here is a screenshot of the current page as of today:

barstool.com screenshot as of July 2021

After a few seconds the page then randomly redirects to YouTube videos or web articles that are all anti-barstool and anti-portnoy. Some are controversial situations you may have already heard about, the full list of links are listed below if you want to visit them.

The domain is owned by someone who goes by the name Zonker or Z.

Zonker informed our editorial staff by email that the original grudge was as simple as being a New York Yankees fan compared to the Boston based Red Sox fans on the Barstool Sports staff… He later decided that he was not a fan of Barstool Sports around the time of the Blackout Party series and the infamous ‘gray area’ comment by Portnoy.

“The original “grudge” was actually because I’m a Yankee fan and the Stoolies were predominantly Red Sox fans. They kept sending email bashing the Yanks so I had to respond. Obviously mostly light-hearted

As time when on, the emails became less about sports, dumber & more misogynistic. The blackout parties brought some really creepy emails & Portnoy encouraged it by saying having s*x with an unconscious women was a gray area. That was about when I decided I did not want to sell to Portnoy. I’m not saying I wouldn’t for any price, but it would take a very unlikely amount.” – Zonker

In an article posted on the actual barstoolsports.com, Zonker talked about how his grudge with barstool started by Barstool creating an impression of a certain attitude.

“One of the things that started the grudge with Barstool is this idea that they were entitled to know what I was doing with it, that it was their business, so many people thinking I had to tell them how much it costs,” he said. “Literally people angry with me because I wouldn’t give it to Dave — I even had one idiot like death threat me.” 

Apparently Dave Portnoy had tried to buy the domain many times but Zonker had refused to name a price or be open to negotiating a sale.

Dave has more recently now said that the domain name is not worth nearly as much to him or the company anymore. This is likely attributed to social media accounts becoming the primary source of connecting with audiences for Barstool, as well as everyone already knowing their existing domain name and website.

Emails From Zonker

In addition to owning the barstool.com domain name, the owner Zonker created email accounts that used to be mistaken for the actual Barstool email addresses, specifically the address set up to be used for sending content and news tips.

Zonker apparently used to reply to these very frequently when he received them, confusing many people and spending a lot of time doing so for what appears to be no real benefit to himself or anyone…

Read more about the email replies on Barstool’s own article about this.

List of content linked from website: (remove the existing front dashes to visit, that is how they appeared in the website code.)

//https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odsBNMC77vA&t=130 (ponder)
//”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zofdfCHNbX4″ (Jared’s gal)
//https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=31&v=OwzQkLclbxI (HBO)
//https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=25&v=yxm1lbCy1Mk (bluesman)
//https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R63xHXW424c (Blind Mike)
//https://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIUKcR0G91E&t=116 (BLM)
//https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx8bn9/national-womens-hockey-league-sighs-deeply-deals-with-barstool-sports (Vice Hockey)

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