Love him or hate him, Bill Simmons is a name writers know. And now that he is launching his own website – called Grantland – he’s going to be even more prevalent than ever before. Before going further, if you’re a hater, we suggest you stop reading now. The all-star lineup of writers he has assembled is only going to make you hate him even more.
According to ESPN, Grantland – named after Grantland Rice, a legend in the sports journalism world – will not only house all of Simmons’ columns and podcasts, but also a slew of columns, blogs and long-form features from contributors.
Simmons will be Editor-in-Chief of the site, and Dan Fierman (the ex GQ Senior Editor) will be his right hand man. Beyond that, the talent at Grantland is staggering, with Chuck Klosterman, Dave Eggers, and Malcolm Gladwell contributing, as well as Lane Brown and Jay Caspian Kang working as Deputy Editors.
Oh, and the site is being designed by Walter Bernard, a visionary in the magazine design world.
Simmons says Grantland – which launches in June – will seek to be as unpredictable as possible:
We wanted original voices, and we found a bunch of them already. We’re going to take chances, come up with a few premises and ideas that you haven’t seen before, and be consistently entertaining day after day. You will never know what to expect when you come to the site – in a good way. That’s our ultimate goal.