Barstool Big Cat: Everything You Need To Know About Dan Katz

Barstool Big Cat Dan Katz

As a sports podcaster and journalist, remarkably little is known about Dan Katz’s personal life for a person very much in the public eye. The man known as Barstool Big Cat has managed to keep his childhood, parents, and family hidden from the public.

What is known has been painstakingly pieced together by a number of journalists. It is for that reason there are some contradictions in the information available. His birthplace, for example, is listed as Chicago by the majority of sources, although Wisconsin and Massachusetts have been mentioned by several sources as well.

We’re here to try and piece it all together as we fill you in on everything you need to know about Dan Katz, a.k.a. Barstool Big Cat.

Dan Katz’s Early Years

Dan Katz was born in Chigaco, Illinois, on 30 January 1985, making him an Aquarius. He was born into a middle-class family; however, very little is known about his early years or his family as Katz has never named his parents or disclosed if he has any siblings. On one occasion, he even went as far as to post a picture on his Twitter with a person he claimed was his Dad; however, this was later found to be untrue.

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Dan “Big Cat” Katz has made a name for himself through his work with Barstool Sports.

Despite being born in Chicago, he grew up in the state of Wisconsin. Growing up, he spent time in Chicago with family who still lived in the city. He is described as a sports-loving boy from infancy.


No details are available regarding his early education, but he is believed to have attended Newton High School in Newtonville, Massachusetts. It is understood he played sports throughout High School, although again, no additional details are available.

Upon completing high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2007. Katz’s love of Chicago showed when he moved there after graduation, and even when he moved away from the city, he continued to support Chicago sport’s teams.

Barstool Big Cat’s Personal Life

Katz shares very little about his personal life, but he does have a partner to whom he may be married and who fans refer to as Lady Cat. She has recently been revealed as Chris Devine. Together they have a son who was born 19 June 2019. Katz and Devine also have a pet dog.

His romantic life has been known to cause a stir, and it used to be a source of hot gossip whether he had a girlfriend or was single. At one stage, he was labeled a misogynist. That incident stemmed from a row he had with ESPN sportscaster Sam Ponder, who was less than happy when Katz was contracted to host Barstool Van Talk’ on ESPN2. Ponder publicly expressed her displeasure and rationalized it by citing disparaging comments that she claimed Katz had made about her.

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Barstool Big Cat is not your traditional sports media personality.

Although Katz denied the allegations, rumors swirled that he hated women and people let their thoughts be known on his social media pages. It is believed that Katz released details of his personal life, namely that he was lived with his girlfriend, to counter these rumors.

Dan Katz’s Employment History

Barstool Sports have employed Katz in various capacities for a number of years.

Katz co-hosts the podcast “Pardon My Take,” a comedic sports podcast with Eric Sollenberger. It has over 1.5 million listeners and was the 14th most downloaded podcast on iTunes. However, it has recently fallen a little down the ranks.

The podcast first aired on 29 February 2016. A month after the podcast launched, it was number one on the United States iTunes charts. It was also number 38 on the Canadian charts. The same year it surpassed one million downloads per episode. The podcast had a five-star rating from the thousands of downloads.

In 2018, it was the most downloaded podcast. ESPN briefly televised it with Katz as one of the co-hosts. 

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Dan Katz poses with Barstool sidekick Dave Portnoy.

“Pardon My Take” is rumored to make $27 million annually.

The podcast initially merged both the title and the logos of two popular ESPN shows when it first started: First Take and Pardon the Interruption. The podcast was issued a cease and desist letter from ESPN, with Katz later admitting the name and logo were deliberate to generate more publicity for the newly launched podcast.

Other Work

Over this period, Katz also completed other work for Barstool Sports. This includes writing for The Barstool Rundown: Live from Houston in 2017 and appearing on The Ryen Russillo Show. In 2018, he teamed up with Alex Rodriguez to create another successful podcast, The Corp.

Katz has also made television guest appearances on SportsCenter, Pro Football Talk Live, and ABC News Nightline, among others.

Awards and Accolades

In 2016, Katz’s podcast, “Pardon My Take,” was named by Apple as one of the top ten podcasts of the year.

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Dan Katz’s on-air segments are always must-see entertainment.

No. 1 Sports Media Talent ranked him in the 40 under 40 list for his PFT Commenter and Big Cat.

In 2017, The Big Lead named Katz as the number one sports media personality under 40.

Barstool Big Cat on Social Media

Katz has Facebook (13k likes), Twitter (1 million followers), and Instagram (600k followers) social media accounts. 

His first tweet was, “l is for looser.”

Dan Katz’s Net Worth

Katz’s income is derived mainly from journalism and various writeups. He was estimated to have a net worth of $3 million in 2021. It is believed he is paid $175,000 per episode of his podcast. Katz is also thought to have a business that he runs himself; however, this is unsubstantiated at the current time.

Barstool Big Cat Random Facts

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Dan Katz’s “Pardon My Take” is among the most popular podcasts in America.

Katz’s lucky number is 9.

Despite reviewing all the available stories and articles on Dan Katz, there is very little in the public realm outside of this information. Even the information regarding his partner is remarkably scant. In fact, it was rumored that Katz only agreed to make this information publicly available to quell the hoards who were attacking him on social media during his much-publicized row with Sam Ponder