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Bill Simmons adds Daily Show alums to his HBO creative team

Ever since it was announced that Bill Simmons was headed to HBO, there’s been speculation about what form his eventual show would take. Given the lack of long-term success that the network has had with studio-based sports talk and interview shows, many have wondered if Simmons would use the opportunity to veer away from being sports-centric and focus more on pop culture, entertainment...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN public editor Jim Brady’s Grantland column comes under fire from former staffers

Grantland has been gone since ESPN suspended publication on October 30, but its impact is still being felt in sports media. That’s most recently the case with ESPN public editor Jim Brady’s long-promised column on Grantland’s shuttering, which ran Monday. That column, headlined “Looking back at Grantland, ESPN decision sad, not necessarily wrong,” recapped much of the previous...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Sharp is the latest former Grantland staffer to join SI

It’s been three full months since ESPN shut down Grantland releasing a whole slew of writers. During that time, we’ve seen some of the site’s former staffers join MTV News. Sports Illustrated is also picking up its share of former Grantlanders. Awful Announcing has learned that its latest pick up is Andrew Sharp, who will cover the NBA just as he did for Grantland. He joins...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons sends out sarcastic tweet regarding Caps' playoff chances

When it comes to the Capitals' playoff chances, major sports personality Bill Simmons is not among those with much belief, and he tweeted as much on Monday.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Romo: My back is as strong as it’s been in 3-4 years

While the last few years have been extremely frustrating for Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, the quarterback has good news as it relates to the future. Speaking about his oft-injured back, he revealed encouraging news, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News: Tony Romo: My back is "as strong as it's been in 3-4 years. That's exciting...I'm able to do things...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Koo’s Corner (A monthly column on sports media!) – January 2016 edition

Welcome to the second installment of Koo’s Corner, a column where I throw a bunch of topics, insights, thoughts, and scoops at you (or more like things I probably could have done full articles on but was some combination of too busy or too lazy to get around to doing). Let’s jump right into it. ESPN’s Over The Top Network Efforts May Not Be What We All Envision (Photo by...
Via Awful Announcing
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons throws shot at Disney CEO

If it’s another Bill Simmons podcast, it must mean another angry diatribe. In the latest edition with writer Malcolm Gladwell, the two discuss the NFL’s move to Los Angeles. And in the course of conversation, the failed bid of Carson, CA came up and the name of Disney CEO Robert Iger. Disney owns ESPN and Iger was part of the Carson Stadium project which was going to house the...
Via Awful Announcing
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Grantland staffers to join Dan Fierman at MTV News

The second life of Grantland continues. Three months after Dan Fierman jumped ship to MTV News (as four editors joined Bill Simmons at his new venture), the site’s erstwhile editorial director has brought on several of his former staffers to revamp the network’s operation. Deadline first reported that Molly Lambert was joining Fierman at MTV News, saying she would write and...
Via Awful Announcing
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonah Keri joining Sports Illustrated, MLB Network

Ex-Grantland and ESPN staffer Jonah Keri has found a pair of new homes for his sportswriting and TV appearances in 2016 and (presumably) beyond – Sports Illustrated and MLB Network. Keri posted details of his new homes on Instagram, which also includes non-sports writing at GQ and Rolling Stone and a yet-to-be-announced new home for The Jonah Keri Podcast. **** YEAH 2016! Keri...
Via Awful Announcing
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Where the biggest sports media stories of 2015 will be in 2020

2015 was a game changer in sports media. Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd left the tight claws of ESPN for other networks. And the losses for the Mothership were much larger than the two oversized personalities, with significant subscriber losses emerging as a major narrative. This is only the tip of the iceberg, as only some sports media stories over the last 365 days will have a...
Via Awful Announcing
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud posts reply to Abby Wambach

A day after Abby Wambach criticized U.S. Men’s Soccer Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann and questioned the men’s team’s reliance on foreign-born players, one of those imports has clapped back. USMNT Midfielder Mix Diskerud, who was born in Oslo, Norway to an American mother, posted the following message on Instagram on Thursday: Wow Abby, I guess there are pros and cons in...
Via The Comeback
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Year-in-review requires perspective listening to 2013 Simmons podcast with Whitlock

An excerpt from my latest column for Poynter: ******* To gain perspective on the two biggest stories in sports journalism in 2015, you need to dial up a podcast from two years ago. On Aug. 15, 2013, Jason Whitlock was Bill Simmons’ guest on his “BS Report” podcast for Grantland. Yes, it can be found, and in light of what happened this year, the interview sounds laughable...
Via Sherman Report
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons Has Crazy Packers Story About One Direction’s Harry Styles (Audio)

Leave it to Bill Simmons to have a wild One Direction story. HBO’s media mogul recently recounted running into band member Harry Styles while at dinner following the GQ Man of the Year party on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” The event took place the same night as the Green Bay Packers’ miracle win over the Detroit Lions on “Thursday Night Football” where the Packers won...
Via NESN.com
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

How Abby Wambach criticizing Jurgen Klinsmann is more serious than any previous Klinsmann criticism

In case you haven’t known, tonight is Abby Wambach’s final game as a soccer player. By now, I’m sure you have heard Wambach’s comments on how firing Jurgen Klinsmann would help the U.S. Men’s National Team. In case you haven’t heard, this is her full quote from The Bill Simmons Podcast on the one thing she would change with the USMNT. “Oh man, I would definitely...
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December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Abby Wambach tells Bills Simmons she would fire Jurgen Klinsmann

Abby Wambach appeared on The Bill Simmons Podcast before playing in her final game with the USWNT Wednesday in New Orleans. During the podcast, Wambach talked with Simmons about her farewell to the game that she has been dominating for years. The hottest tidbit coming from their interview was regarding Wambach’s opinions regarding the U.S. men’s national team, which concluded...
Via The Comeback
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Michael B. Jordan Get Punched in the Face While Filming ‘Creed’

Michael B. Jordan is the star of the new movie Creed, the latest in the Rocky series. Jordan was on Bill Simmons’ podcast where he discussed just how real some of the punches thrown were while filming. Soon after, Sylvester Stallone shared a clip of Jordan taking a real punch for the film. Michael B Jordon taking it on the chin for real! Got up and did it again!!! I know...
Via The Comeback
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cousin Sal and ESPN dropped a Bill Simmons Joke on SportsCenter

You probably know Sal Iacono better as Cousin Sal from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” or Bill Simmons’ podcast. He’s also the new NFL gambling expert for ESPN. Given his association with Simmons and the acrimonious way that Simmons and ESPN parted ways, there was sure to be a big Bostonian elephant in the room when Sal made his next appearance on The WorldWide Leader. Sal was...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons Buys $7.5M Estate On Malibu’s ‘Billionaires’ Beach’

Bill Simmons is doing pretty well for himself since leaving ESPN. The former Grantland head inked a deal with HBO, where he will have a weekly TV show starting in 2016, and he debuted “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” The prominent TV sports personality also has cashed in on his recent career changes by buying a $7.5 million estate in Malibu, according to Variety. The house is on...
Via NESN.com
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Mark Schlereth says NFL is “full of crap” on player safety concerns

The financial partnership between the NFL and ESPN has called into question just how critical the network’s personalities can be toward the league in recent years. Those doubts may have become even greater with commentators like Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann publicly criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, issues that led to both eventually parting with ESPN. But analysts...
Via Awful Announcing
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons buys $7.5 million Malibu beach house

If you were worried about about Bill Simmons’ ability to make a living post ESPN, don’t as apparently he’s doing QUITE well. The recent HBO addition and budding podcast impresario, has purchased a beach house along Malibu’s Carbon Beach for a whopping $7.5 million. From Variety: Los Angeles County Tax records and other resources show the not-quite 1,500-square-foot, two...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons buys $7.5 million Malibu beach house

If you were worried about about Bill Simmons’ ability to make a living post ESPN, don’t as apparently he’s doing QUITE well. The recent HBO addition and budding podcast impresario, has purchased a beach house along Malibu’s Carbon Beach for a whopping $7.5 million. From Variety: Los Angeles County Tax records and other resources show the not-quite 1,500-square-foot, two...
Via The Comeback
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

There is now a “Bill Simmons Media Group” and it has a big hire as its new president

First there was Bill Simmons’ “BSPN” podcast network. Now, there’s a Bill Simmons Media Group, and it’s made a big hire; NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger. Weinberger was one of the initial staffers at Fox Sports and a senior producer on The Best Damn Sports Show Period before heading to NFLN, where he oversaw the network’s extensive studio programming. Here’s...
Via Awful Announcing
November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons isn’t happy ESPN quoted a Bill Simmons GQ interview without mentioning Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons and ESPN—The Worldwide Leader in Places Bill Simmons used to Work—are at it again. Simmons recently interviewed Barack Obama for GQ, asking the leader of the free world a number of questions that led to very sports-specific answers. Obama is a huge sports fan, and when you’re being interviewed by a guy known as The Sports Guy, the topics have a natural tendency...
Via Awful Announcing
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons’ New Podcast Network Subtly Trolls Former Employer ESPN

The falling out between media mogul Bill Simmons and his former employer, ESPN, was a very public one. From Simmons’ suspensions prior to leaving to ESPN’s sudden decision to shut down Grantland, the site Simmons founded, the Worldwide Leader is dutifully washing its hands of its former megastar. After taking a hiatus over the summer, Simmons launched a new podcast in October...
Via NESN.com
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN President John Skipper tore his achilles; Murphy’s Law is in full effect

It hasn’t been a great year for ESPN President John Skipper.  He’s had to deal with the Bill Simmons melodrama, he shut down Grantland, has faced questions and skepticism about the launch of The Undefeated, and he was forced to layoff hundreds of employees. And in the true spirit of Murphy’s Law – anything that can go wrong, will go wrong – Skipper now has to deal with...
Via Awful Announcing
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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