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ABC/ESPN’s Chris Connelly To Take Over As Editor-In-Chief Of Grantland For Bill Simmons

ESPN has its replacement for Bill Simmons – as the editor-in-chief of Grantland, anyway.  Chris Connelly, an ESPN reporter and ABC news correspondent, announced this afternoon that he will be presiding over Grantland in the interim.  Simmons, whose contract will not be renewed by ESPN, was the founder of Grantland and had been the longform journalism site’s editor-in-chief...
Via College Spun
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

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. It’s likely the first of several steps that finalize the termination of Simmons’ ESPN tenure...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland writer bids farewell to Bill Simmons: Blessing to work with him

Say what you want about Bill Simmons, he certainly developed a quality site in Grantland. This farewell note Bill Barnwell posted on Twitter speaks to the impact he had on the staff. The note shows Barnwell and others likely would follow him if Simmons wanted to launch a similar Grantland elsewhere.  … Continue Reading
Via Sherman Report
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland writer says he’s “heartbroken” by Bill Simmons’ ESPN departure

Bill Simmons is done at ESPN.  In what was always going to be the most logical conclusion after announcing the network wouldn’t renew his contract in September, the two sides have agreed to a deal where Simmons will make no more appearances on ESPN platforms.  (For the record, Simmons’ picture is still on next to Grantland and he’s still listed as the site’s Editor...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons already done with ESPN on all platforms

ESPN president John Skipper announced last week that the World Wide Leader will not be renewing Bill Simmons’ contract when it expires in September. Apparently Simmons is leaving much sooner than that. How much sooner? According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Simmons is essentially already gone. He has worked out an agreement with ESPN...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons is on the Clock

Sportsnaut Guest Post – Written by Robin Hill There are two things that I didn’t know about before I found the Bill Simmons Sports Guy column on ESPN: * There is a Holy Cross institute of higher learning. * A regular guy could interpret the thoughts a million of sports fans. The latter, of course, inspired me to constantly monitor his writing because the Sports Guy, not Bill...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

John Skipper basically confirms he “blindsided” Bill Simmons

At ESPN’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, the network revealed several new initiatives to advertisers and interested sports media observers.  But overshadowing new 30 for 30s and episodes of SportsCenter was the revelation of the one ESPN personality that would not be part of those future plans: Bill Simmons. ESPN President John Skipper spoke at length about not just his decision...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons is alive! TNT finds him at Clippers-Rockets

Bill Simmons is on his way out at ESPN.  And ever since John Skipper made the startling announcement on Friday, Simmons has gone stone silent. But have no fear, Bill Simmons is still alive and well.  Can it be just a coincidence that the TNT cameras centered in on him at Staples Center for Game 4 of the Clippers-Rockets series?  I mean, it’s not like Turner Sports – with...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons Is Leaving ESPN

ESPN sports columnist Bill Simmons is leaving ESPN, according to a report by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times. Simmons, who joined the network back in 2001, reportedly could not get to “terms” with ESPN president John Skipper.  BIll SImmons to leave ESPN, according to ESPN president John Skipper. “We weren’t going to get to the terms,” said Skipper. — Richard...
Via College Spun
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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