You’d think with names like Bill Simmons, Charles Pierce and Chuck Klosterman on its roster, plus the backing of ESPN, Grantland wouldn’t have any trouble getting its reporters credentialed to big events. You’d be wrong. Grantland writer Shane Ryan will not be allowed access to the big Duke/North Carolina basketball game this weekend, despite the pleas of his editor.
“The request was for a credential for one of their bloggers rather than one of their feature writers such as Bill Simmons,” Duke’s associate sports information director Matt Plizga told Poynter.
That decision did not go over too well with Simmons.