It is an online media company. It gained popularity in 2000s behind a Howard Stern like cult of personality, Dave Portnoy. It was newpaper/online distribution that grew into an online media company that got acquired by Chernin Group who is a serious investor stateside. From there they blew up in podcasting, got their own Sirius Radio station, and ultimately sold to Penn National which is a casino operator where they are the mobile sportsbook brand and eventually many casinos will be rebranded. It’s wildly popular in the Key Demo and has constantly been controversial for their nonPC culture and unapologetic attempts at humor. The founder and cult of personality figure is a lightening rod and will get into feuds with anyone ranging from ESPN to Roger Goodell (commissioner of NFL).
The CEO who joined the board was brought in to legitimize them in the corporate world after they were first acquired and she’s really amazing as a business leader which is why it’s interestinf WWE brought her on the board. That and the company has far reach in the key demo.
I have never been a big follower Outside random public feuds or controversies that emerged over the years. Then the guy Portnoy crossed into an area of interest to me during the pandemic (stock market) and that really sent his profile sky high along with the Penn deal as that’s a public company. Like WWE I enjoy following them because of their business and the business side fascinated me. I’ve tracked their growth and while much of their culture in the past has not been something I’m into, it’s impossible to deny his or their success.
Hope that helps explain them.
When I heard that Rough and Rowdy # I was shocked as I hadn’t heard of them doing more events since the Pandemic but it seems to have done well on PPV or however they sell it. Curious if anyone else follows or even has watched a Rough and Rowdy