When former WEEI morning show co-host Kirk Minihane officially and contentiously parted ways with Entercom Communications last week, he touted himself as the greatest free-agent in sports media history.
But there was one most logical landing spot all along: Barstool Sports. And that’s where he’s going.
Barstool founder Dave Portnoy tweeted Thursday night that Minihane was joining the company, and Minihane later confirmed with a tweet of his own, adding that he would elaborate Friday.
Barstool Sports has a series of popular podcasts as well as a Sirius channel. Minihane is expected to have a prominent presence at both.
Minihane, who brought high ratings and frequent controversy to WEEI’s morning show before leaving in November, announced May 22 he no longer worked for Entercom.
Minihane had been in limbo since departing the “Kirk and Callahan’’ program, where he was a co-host since 2013.
The greatest week of free agency in history is over. I now work for @barstoolsports.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) May 31, 2019
He was supposed to host his own show on the Entercom-owned Radio.com app, and was still producing his popular podcast, “Enough About Me.’’
But the Radio.com role did not materialize. Minihane and the company split after his mid-May ultimatum in which he demanded his own channel on Radio.com and did not want to be involved with their sports-only programming.
Minihane, like Portnoy, built popularity with a no-holds-barred style that was sometimes humorous and often crude and personal. Minihane has appeared on Barstool programming in the past, including during before the Super Bowl in February.