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RD Recap: Grantland Names Interim EIC; Changes at BuzzFeed

Grantland has a new editor in chief, as Chris Connelly steps into the role vacated by Bill Simmons. He’s only there in an interim capacity, but the move does show that the “worldwide leader” is committed to continuing to invest in what many saw as a vanity project for the ousted and outspoken columnist. Show More Summary

ESPN Drafts Chris Connelly To Replace Fired Bill Simmons As Grantland Chief

Less than three weeks after ESPN parted ways with the popular and verbose Bill Simmons, the Worldwide Leader has named a temporary replacement for the multimedia brand he founded. Chris Connelly, the former MTV regular who has been with...Show More Summary

Chris Connelly replaces Bill Simmons as Grantland Editor-in-Chief

With Bill Simmons and ESPN agreeing to publicly part ways before the end of his contract in September, we’ve been wondering what’s next for Grantland in this period of limbo.  Just over Memorial Day Weekend, we noted that his picture was taken off the homepage as the face of Grantland. Show More Summary

Who is the new face of ESPN?

Over the last five years, one could successfully argue that Bill Simmons was the star of ESPN. While ESPN execs will tell you that no one person is bigger than the brand, Simmons was the guy who seemed to be the person who had become the face of the network even though he was mostly […] The post Who is the new face of ESPN? appeared first on Awful Announcing.

Chris Connelly named interim editor-in-chief at Grantland

ESPN has chosen a new editor to helm Grantland in the absence of founding editor Bill Simmons. Sports journalist Chris Connelly, who regularly talked movies with Simmons and staff writer Wesley Morris, will take over editorship of the...Show More Summary

Grantland Has Named Its Replacement for Bill Simmons

2 days agoNews : Mediaite

ESPN's has a new (interim) editor-in-chief. Following the dramatic firing of Bill Simmons, ESPN reporter, ABC News contributor and occasionally Grantland writer Chris Connelly has announced that he will be taking the reins of the sports and pop culture website.

Chris Connelly Named Interim Editor of Grantland

Bill Simmons’ abrupt exit from ESPN left some giant shoes to fill. Veteran journalist Chris Connelley will do his best to fill them. Connelly has been named interim editor-in-chief of Grantland, which was founded by Simmons. Connelley—who...Show More Summary

Media Minutiae

TVNewser: How long would Bill Simmons last if joined Fox Sports? Setting the over/under at six months. GalleyCat: Some people make good choices in their careers, and some people choose to star in a live action movie about Tinker Bell. PRNewser: PacSun exists. PacSun offends.

Could Bill Simmons Be Heading to Fox Sports?

Sports Illustrated‘s media guru Richard Deitsch sat down with Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to discuss the future of ex-ESPN personality Bill Simmons. Deitsch admits that Simmons and Fox aren’t the perfect fit, mainly because the network is light on NBA coverage, which is the specialty of the controversial former ESPNer. Show More Summary

Bill Simmons has now been taken off’s homepage

If you visited over the weekend, you may have noticed a slight change.  The face of Bill Simmons is no longer present in the featured space that is given to Grantland.  You can still see Nate Silver’s portrait as the face of FiveThirtyEight, but no sign of The Sports Guy. Show More Summary

Why Bill Simmons Would Be Crazy Not To Go Over-The-Top

If Bill Simmons launches his own subscription channel instead of being a hired hand at Time Warner, it could mean the difference between $48 million a year and $6 million a year.

How Bill Simmons’ Innovative Style Led to His Rise—and Fall—at ESPN

With teams providing less and less access to journalists, Simmons always prioritized the interests of the common fan. The post How Bill Simmons’ Innovative Style Led to His Rise—and Fall—at ESPN appeared first on The Good Men Projec...

CBS and NBC Sports Reportedly Have No Interest in Hiring Bill Simmons

last weekNews : Mediaite

Bill Simmons is still under contract with ESPN until September, with the network essentially paying him to do nothing and preventing him from doing much of anything else. But in the meantime, speculation about where fired editor, commentator and podcaster might end up is still going strong.

CBS, NBC Are Not Interested In Doing Business With Bill Simmons At The Moment

Bill Simmons, founder of Grantland and recently unemployed sportswriter, isn’t on the hiring radar of two major sports networks right now, according to a new report. Sports Business Daily writer John Ourand was at a panel on Wednesday featuring NBC Sports Group chair Mark Lazarus and CBS Sports chair Sean McManus [...]

Jalen and Jacoby pour one out for Bill Simmons on Grantland podcast

Grantland is slowly adjusting to life without Bill Simmons.  Two of Simmons’ closest running mates at the site are Jalen Rose and David Jacoby and they addressed Simmons’ departure publicly for the first time. On their Jalen & Jacoby...Show More Summary

Why Can ESPN’s Keith Olbermann — But Not Bill Simmons — Trash Roger Goodell?

last weekNews : Mediaite

When Bill Simmons was let go by ESPN last week after 15 years as a columnist and commentator, most analysts looked back at his podcast rant against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and subsequent three week suspension as the beginning of the end. Show More Summary

ESPN Will Pay Bill Simmons to Do Nothing Until September

last weekNews : Mediaite

The terms of Bill Simmons's ouster from ESPN and Grantland have been set: he'll get paid through the end of September, but he can't do a front-facing thing for them until then. No writing, no commentary, no producing, no podcasts, no nothing.

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