Barstool Sports is joining the stampede of publishers trying to drum up more revenue from readers.
The 15-year-old company known for its bawdy take on sports and culture is launching a new service in January called Barstool Gold. The existing content will stay free, but for $US50, people will get exclusive material like new podcasts and documentaries.
The service will kick off with a documentary about Barstool founder Dave Portnoy himself and how he started the company as a print newspaper in Boston, supported by gambling ads, before expanding to the web.
Click here to read more about Barstool Sports’ new membership program.
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