Bill Simmons Chooses HBO

Deal includes talk show scheduled for 2016.

hboIt’s been a lingering summer question. Where will Bill Simmons hang his hat next?

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’