The NYTimes’ Richard Sandomir scoops that Bill Simmons will be departing ESPN after nearly 15 years at the network. Simmons and ESPN management could not come to terms on a new contract. Simmons, a columnist, analyst and podcaster, joined ESPN in 2001. In 2011 he launched Grantland.com, where he remains editor in chief. He’s also the host of ESPN’s Grantland Basketball Hour and was co-creator of ESPN Films’ documentary series 30 for 30.
My story, so far, on SImmons-ESPN breakup: http://t.co/c8uw3tgdYT
— Richard Sandomir (@RichSandomir) May 8, 2015
The outspoken Simmons has had his run-ins with ESPN management in the past. In September he was suspended for three weeks for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell‘s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.