Remember how ESPN’s outspoken big-ticket talent Bill Simmons was negotiating his new contract with ESPN and being pretty chatty with the press about it, and then in early May network president John Skipper pulled a fast one and issued...Show More Summary
There’s long been a perception in sports media circles that when the NFL tells ESPN to jump, ESPN asks, How high? Whether it’s the cancellation of Playmakers, the shunning of League of Denial or the suspension of Bill Simmons, ESPN seems eager to please the NFL, which provides ESPN with its most popular programming. So…
Bill Simmons has been gone from ESPN for a month now, but the first time that I really missed his presence in Bristol was Thursday night during the NBA Draft. That admittedly sounds like a strange thing to write. Live television was...Show More Summary
Jalen Rose is struggling out there. I don't know if the loss of wingman Bill Simmons has left him in a state of semiconsciousness or if he's just Jalen-ing at an all-time level, but the ESPN hoops personality seems even more unprepared than usual when summing up this year's shipment of college talent. Show More Summary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibsV3E56d0c&feature=youtu.be If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if Bristol, Connecticut was a Wild West town and Bill Simmons went back to settle the score with everyone who crossed him at ESPN a la Dirty Harry, wonder no more. Show More Summary
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Definitely not the Man with No Name.
While there are lots of potential landing spots for Bill Simmons, there hasn’t been much talk yet about which companies have actually made solid pitches to him. It looks like HBO has entered that camp, though, and it sounds like acquiring Simmons might be a big part of the network’s strategy going forward. Show More Summary
HBO is making a serious run at Bill Simmons, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose. There's been plenty of speculation about where Bill Simmons will land after his much publicized split with ESPN in May. Rose reports that Simmons has several suitors, but notes that having his own TV show is appealing to Simmons. Show More Summary
Could Bill Simmons be headed to HBO? After weeks of speculation about what the ESPN commentator and Grantland.com founder will do next after he was abruptly fired last month, a new piece in The Hollywood Reporter hints that a series on HBO may be in his future.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose has written a very long story about HBO. It is mostly about cord-cutting and programming decisions (wait, we’re getting a 1970s porn drama from David Simon of “The Wire”?!?!?!) and The Future of HBO. But if you, the sports fan, makes it through all that, you get to this little […]
Warring clans (cable vs. broadband) battle over unfathomable riches (revenues of $5.4 billion last year) and golden idols (Emmys), with fire-breathing dragons circling overhead (oh, wait, that's just Nic Pizzolatto). Now, the network chiefs reveal the dramatic boardroom backstory on how "HB-Over" became HB-Over-the-Top. read more
Two big media stories and one NYT reporter.
What is Bill Simmons going to do next? The possibilities are... well, not exactly endless. Fox will probably make a play for him. Bleacher Report? Haha. There will definitely be various rich dudes looking to align themselves with the...Show More Summary
When the NBA Finals tip off Thursday night Stephen Curry will be playing in his 96th game of the season and LeBron James will be playing in his 465th game since the start of the 2010-11 season. Because of these totals and the increased wear and tear on players, there is a growing sentiment among people in the NBA that the season is too long. Show More Summary
2004 doesn’t seem that great.