Bill Simmons Leaving ESPN

By Chris Ariens Comment

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.

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.

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