Bill Simmons blasted the San Diego Chargers stadium ballot measure

In the first trailer for Any Given Wednesday, Bill Simmons trotted out his new ability to swear on HBO by proclaiming “I believe that Billionaires should pay for their own ****ing football stadiums.” On last night’s episode, Simmons drilled down on that subject further as he strongly made the case why the upcoming ballot measure for a new Chargers stadium is a terrible deal...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN uses blurred-out Bill Simmons in NBA Countdown intro with his approval

Former ESPN personality and one-time NBA Countdown panelist Bill Simmons was again featured on NBA Countdown’s season debut Wednesday, but in an unusual way. 25 minutes into the show, they ran a title sequence featuring today’s panelists, complete with a blurred-out outline of Simmons next to Jalen Rose as they walk away from an explosion, with Michelle Beadle then spraying the...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Bill Simmons believes frosty relationship with ESPN is “thawing”

Could the tensions between Bill Simmons and ESPN be lightening up just a bit? Perhaps time has enabled some healing to take place. Or maybe ESPN has seen what Simmons has done since his split from the network, with The Ringer and HBO’s Any Given Wednesday, and realized it’s a big sports landscape and there can be somewhat peaceful coexistence. Simmons may also have been a bit...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons duped by Chris Sale-to-Red Sox joke

The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline came and went Monday, and Chris Sale remained a member of the Chicago White Sox despite various rumors surrounding the left-handed ace. The Boston Red Sox were among the teams connected to Sale leading up to the deadline, and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons nearly hit the deck when his father pranked him via text message. My dad...
August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Ratings for Bill Simmons’ ‘Any Given Wednesday’ aren’t pretty

Last time we checked in on the ratings for Bill Simmons’ new HBO show, Any Given Wednesday, ratings had just risen 39 percent from the first to the second episode. So let’s just real quick see how things have gone since then, and… AHHH, avert your eyes! At least Any Given Wednesday beat its lead-in “Dumb and Dumber To”: — Sports TV Ratings...
Via Awful Announcing
July 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons apologizes for talk about ESPN employees

Bill Simmons took some more shots at ESPN in an interview that was published this week, and he made one remark that seemed particularly harsh. While chatting with The Hollywood Reporter about the way things ended at the World Wide Leader, Simmons implied that ESPN has fired or moved on from all of its respectable employees. “They’ve now gotten rid of everybody who is a little...
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons opens up about Grantland shutdown

Bill Simmons discussed the surprising and sudden shutdown of his project website Grantland during his latest podcast, which was posted on Wednesday night. On episode 19 of "The Bill Simmons Podcast" featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Simmons shared his thoughts on the Grantland shutdown, saying it was "frustrating" and left everyone "sad." "They did own it and they can do what they want...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Simmons rips ESPN for treating Grantland writers 'callously'

ESPN announced on Friday that the plug is being pulled on Grantland, and it didn’t take long for Bill Simmons to share his opinion on the decision. I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling. — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015 One Grantland freelance writer said...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN boss blasts 'false narratives,' defends network

ESPN president John Skipper did a featured one-on-one interview to kick off the 17th annual NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference in New York Wednesday, and he pulled no punches when discussing the company’s critics. The general discussion about ESPN recently has involved their increasing rights payouts and decreasing subscriber revenue (leaving them with over $3 billion...
Via Awful Announcing
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN criticized for possible Deflategate tweet

ESPN tried to stir the pot Sunday morning, but pretty much just spilled all over itself instead. With the New England Patriots set to take on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game that launched the never-ending Deflategate saga, ESPN’s NFL Twitter account decided to send this tweet out early Sunday: It's NFL Sunday Week 6. GET PUMPED...
October 18, 2015  |  Discuss

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