The CEO of Disney—which owns ESPN, which just closed the well-liked Grantland site after editor-in-chief Bill Simmons was fired in a dispute that began when he (justifiedly) said that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is a "liar" —has become the chairman of a group seeking to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, CBS Sports reported today. Show More Summary
Okay, fine, it’s the Red Sox. Dane Cook. Ben Affleck. The Dropkick Murphys. Bill Simmons. Denis Leary. THE WAHLBERG BROTHERS. Something called “Godsmack.” Read more...
It's been nothing but one blame game after another in the 10 days since the sports and pop culture site Grantland was shut down: Bill Simmons did X; ESPN did Y; our click-bait culture ruins everything. But on Sunday, network president...Show More Summary
In his first interview since he made the decision to shutter Grantland, ESPN President John Skipper said the revered sports and pop culture site could have been saved if some of its key staffers did not follow Bill Simmons to HBO.
John Skipper insists the site would survived.
It has now been nearly two weeks since ESPN shut down Grantland, the sports and pop-culture website started by Bill Simmons, and we are starting to get a clearer picture of why ESPN killed off a popular brand and what could have saved it. Show More Summary
The details around the slow motion demise of sports-meets-pop-culture site Grantland have been shrouded in mystery for weeks But on Sunday ESPN president John Skipper finally spoke out on one of the most talked about media endings in...Show More Summary
A closer look at André The Giant.
Sal Iacono is a writer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and better known among sports fans as "Cousin Sal" on Bill Simmons' podcasts. He's also making a name for himself as ESPN's NFL gambling expert. Iacono didn't lose a pick on his weekly "SportsCenter"...Show More Summary
We are starting to learn a little more about what Bill Simmons will be doing with HBO as part of his " multiplatform" deal. Since leaving ESPN, Simmons has launched his own podcast, and the early numbers have been huge. He will also be launching a new website at some point that will include a number of former Grantlanders. Show More Summary
ESPN is out of the pop culture business, which pushed former Grantland pop culture writers and podcasters out to the curb. That direction was surely foreshadowed with the defection of Wesley Morris to the New York Times, Rembert Browne...Show More Summary
The trouble with podcasts is that they are difficult to grow: while text can be shared and consumed quickly, a podcast requires a commitment (which again, is why advertising in them is so valuable). Simmons, though, by virtue of his previous writing, is already averaging over 400,000 downloads per episode. Podcast rates are hard to […]
Bill Simmons is no longer at the helm of ESPN’s popular “30-for-30? documentary series, but that’s not stopping him from making films. On Thursday, the New York Posts’s Page Six reported that the popular journalist will team with his new employer HBO to make a documentary about legendary pro wrestler Andre the Giant. The news comes […]
Now that HBO has rebounded the talents of Bill Simmons from ESPN after his 14 years there, people have been wondering about how he?d fit into the network?s sports coverage. We now know what the first of his plans are for the premium cable service.Click To Continue Reading
Since joining HBO this summer, there hasn’t been much talk about what Bill Simmons will be doing with his new employer. And while his day to day role is still a bit unknown, we do know what Simmons’ first project at HBO will be – a documentary...Show More Summary
For the first time since Grantland was shuttered last Friday, the site's founder and former editor-in-chief, Bill Simmons, talked extensively about its folding in an episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast posted Wednesday night. Notably,...Show More Summary
Bill Simmons brought in New Yorker writer and debatable-theorymonger Malcolm Gladwell for his podcast this week and, (...)
In his most recent podcast, Bill Simmons doubled down on his contention that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lied during Deflategate. But Simmons also questioned his decision not to edit out that line from the ESPN podcast that got him suspended for two weeks in September 2014, a sanction that served as the flashpoint for his […]
One week after ESPN shut down Grantland, Bill Simmons gave his most honest assessment and reflection yet of his time at Grantland on his new podcast. Speaking with journalist Malcolm Gladwell, Simmons spoke about his time at ESPN, saying although it ended in a messy fashion, he doesn't regret his time there. Show More Summary