New York Times media reporter John Koblin has the tipped answer:
HBO announced Wednesday that it would be the exclusive television home for Mr. Simmons and that he would get a talk show that will debut in 2016. His contract with HBO starts in October.
Additionally, Mr. Simmons will have a production deal with HBO and will do video podcasts, similar to what he did at ESPN. At the sports network, he helped create ESPN’s 30 for 30 series of sports documentaries.
Pay cable makes a lot of sense for the outspoken Simmons. As SI’s Richard Deitsch notes, the language of the HBO deal suggests Simmons will be able to re-up his Web writing elsewhere.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Bill Simmons: ‘I Still Feel Like I Have Five Years Left’
ok this might be worth tuning in for idk pic.twitter.com/OGbOJ5NEww
— darth!™ (@darth) July 22, 2015
Waiting for that Bill Simmons/David Simon collabo. Or beef. Either will do.
— Mike Oz (@mikeoz) July 22, 2015
Something something Bill Simmons something something John From Cincinnati something something five year old joke
— Conley (@Conley76) July 22, 2015
I for one can’t wait to see Bill Simmons’ new HBO series, “Ridiculous Trade Ideas I Came Up With Where Other NBA Teams Get Robbed By Boston”
— Kevin Fippin (@kfippin) July 22, 2015
I hope that Bill Simmons heading to HBO means we get 30 for 30's that are uncensored. Could you imagine "The U" on HBO?
— Dusty Harrah (@Dusty_Harrah) July 22, 2015