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Bill Simmons has now been taken off ESPN.com’s homepage

If you visited ESPN.com over the weekend, you may have noticed a slight change.  The face of Bill Simmons is no longer present in the featured space that is given to Grantland.  You can still see Nate Silver’s portrait as the face of FiveThirtyEight, but no sign of The Sports Guy. It’s likely the first of several steps that finalize the termination of Simmons’ ESPN tenure...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cowboys 2015 Season Preview Series

I wanted to say a quick word about a recent event in the sports universe. I think it’s safe to say that many guys my age who engage in sports writing, be it professional or amateur, have been and even continue to be inspired by the work of “The Sports Guy,” Bill Simmons. I’ve been following Bill ever since my friend first showed his breakdown of “The Karate Kid” trilogy...
Via CowboysFans.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports media beat: Kenny Albert’s grueling schedule during NHL playoffs; Netflix and sports; more Bill Simmons

Spanning the globe to give you the constant variety of sports media. ******* Richard Sandomir of the New York Times on Kenny Albert’s exhausting broadcast schedule during the NHL playoffs. When Kenny Albert discusses the travel schedule behind his calling 27 N.H.L. playoff games since April 15, he is matter-of-fact, not boastful. His itineraries are as familiar to him as goaltenders’...
Via Sherman Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jalen and Jacoby pour one out for Bill Simmons on Grantland podcast

Grantland is slowly adjusting to life without Bill Simmons.  Two of Simmons’ closest running mates at the site are Jalen Rose and David Jacoby and they addressed Simmons’ departure publicly for the first time. On their Jalen & Jacoby podcast published on Monday previewing the conference finals, the pair took a couple minutes at the top of the show to pay homage to their...
Via Awful Announcing
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland writer bids farewell to Bill Simmons: Blessing to work with him

Say what you want about Bill Simmons, he certainly developed a quality site in Grantland. This farewell note Bill Barnwell posted on Twitter speaks to the impact he had on the staff. The note shows Barnwell and others likely would follow him if Simmons wanted to launch a similar Grantland elsewhere.  … Continue Reading
Via Sherman Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland writer says he’s “heartbroken” by Bill Simmons’ ESPN departure

Bill Simmons is done at ESPN.  In what was always going to be the most logical conclusion after announcing the network wouldn’t renew his contract in September, the two sides have agreed to a deal where Simmons will make no more appearances on ESPN platforms.  (For the record, Simmons’ picture is still on ESPN.com next to Grantland and he’s still listed as the site’s Editor...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Names: FOX Soccer Broadcasters, Kevin Blackistone, Bill Simmons

Fox Sports has named the broadcast team for the United States’ Women’s World Cup matches. In other news, Around the Horn panelist Kevin Blackistone has joined The Washington Post, and ESPN.com writer Bill Simmons will not appear on any ESPN platform before his exit in September. Fox Sports Names Broadcast Team For USA World Cup [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons already done with ESPN on all platforms

ESPN president John Skipper announced last week that the World Wide Leader will not be renewing Bill Simmons’ contract when it expires in September. Apparently Simmons is leaving much sooner than that. How much sooner? According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Simmons is essentially already gone. He has worked out an agreement with ESPN...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons Done On ESPN Platforms For Duration Of Contract

Bill Simmons still has a few months left on his contract, but you won’t be seeing him on any ESPN platforms during that time. ESPN announced last week that it couldn’t come to terms with Simmons on a new contract, and the two sides would be parting ways. Now, Sports Illustrated reported Friday that Simmons won’t be making any more appearances —...
Via NESN.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons will not again appear on ESPN or Grantland

According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Bill Simmons and ESPN have worked out an agreement that officially ends his tenure as a front-facing employee for ESPN. According to SI, Simmons has already sent an email to Grantland staffers informing them that he would no longer be working for the site he founded in 2011.  He will also not do any podcasts or appear on television...
Via Sports-Glory
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sports media beat: Reason for ESPN’s abrupt announcement on Simmons; Deflategate writer on keeping mouth shut about source

Spanning the globe to provide the constant variety of sport media… I know there has to be a reason for the abrupt timing of ESPN announcing that Bill Simmons is done at the network last Friday. James Andrew Miller, who knows all things ESPN, details for Vanity Fair how it was Simmons’ interview with Dan Patrick that set everything in motion.  The chief reason there was an abrupt...
Via Sherman Report
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons is on the Clock

Sportsnaut Guest Post – Written by Robin Hill There are two things that I didn’t know about before I found the Bill Simmons Sports Guy column on ESPN: * There is a Holy Cross institute of higher learning. * A regular guy could interpret the thoughts a million of sports fans. The latter, of course, inspired me to constantly monitor his writing because the Sports Guy, not Bill...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Turner re-signs entire Inside the NBA crew to multi-year deals

For those that expected Bill Simmons to slide right into Charles Barkley’s seat on Inside the NBA, you’ve got another thing coming. At the Turner Sports upfront event on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, it was announced that the entire Inside the NBA crew (Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kenny Smith) had signed multi-year extensions with the company. This is...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jedi & Jerms On The Jazz Episode 21: Bench Avengers Assemble!

Jedi & Jerms Episode 20: Bench Avengers Assemble! This week – Which team option players are likely to return for the Utah Jazz? The NBA Playoffs are heating up! Is Golden State still the pick to win it all? NBA Head Coaching Carousel. Bill Simmons… yeah… Bill Simmons. The Avengers: Age of Ultron Rules! We welcome your thoughts, tweets and comments: @jediandjerms, @jedizaugg and ...
Via TornBySports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleats, Rhymes & Life Mailbag: Bill Simmons Drama, Best Action Flicks Of All-Time, & More

The CRL, not be confused with TRL, mailbag is back in full effect. This time around I answer your mailbag questions regarding the NBA Playoffs, Bill Simmons, Age of Ultron, and more. However, before we get into any of that, it’s time for my latest RECKLESS POWER RANKINGS. I present to you the top 5 [&hellip (Visited 2 times, 2 visits today) The post Cleats, Rhymes & Life...
Via No Coast Bias
13 days ago  |  Discuss

John Skipper basically confirms he “blindsided” Bill Simmons

At ESPN’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, the network revealed several new initiatives to advertisers and interested sports media observers.  But overshadowing new 30 for 30s and episodes of SportsCenter was the revelation of the one ESPN personality that would not be part of those future plans: Bill Simmons. ESPN President John Skipper spoke at length about not just his decision...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Walsh: The visionary who shaped ESPN

Bill Simmons’ pending departure from ESPN generated considerable fireworks. However, the man who hired him and numerous people who became big names at the network, John Walsh, retired without much fanfare in February. Few people had more impact on ESPN than Walsh. So I was pleased to see James Andrew Miller’s terrific piece on Walsh for Sports Business Journal. An excerpt: From...
Via Sherman Report
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons Found Out ESPN Wasn’t Renewing His Contract Through Twitter

Here’s a word of advice for anyone who’s considering publicly firing one of their employees: Make sure they know before the media starts releasing the news. ESPN announced Friday that writer and contributor Bill Simmons would be leaving the network once his contract expires in September after the two sides failed to reach and agreement on a new one...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why ESPN Parted Ways With Bill Simmons And What Will Happen Next

As Bill Simmons enters his fifth day of silence in the wake of ESPN President John Skipper saying he would not renew his contract, (aside from a Patriots YouTube link) the intrigue and suspense over the next moves on the chessboard only increases.  There are a TON of angles approaching the fallout to the decision, which is the biggest sports media story of 2015. This article serves...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons will be hard-pressed to match ‘dream job’ he had at ESPN

My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana. ****** I have been blessed with many wonderful assignments during my career, but I can’t say I ever had a “dream job.” I never had anyone tab me to write 5,000-word columns and be the featured voice for the website of the world’s most influential sports network. I never had a podcast that gave me the opportunity...
Via Sherman Report
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Big Names: Molly Qerim, Bill Simmons, Kellogg & Davis

NFL Network’s Molly Qerim is reportedly joining ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning. In other news, ESPN will part ways with one of its longest-tenured writers, and CBS college basketball analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis will work the NBA Draft Combine for NBA TV. ESPN to Add Qerim to “Mike and Mike” Team [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons files: Inside details of break-up; What’s next for Simmons?

As is often the case, I was out of writing range Friday when someone sent me a text saying ESPN is severing ties with Bill Simmons. However, there will be plenty to say about this story in the upcoming days and months. For now, I figured I would do a round-up of what already is being said. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times drops the blockbuster scoop. Skipper said that ESPN...
Via Sherman Report
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons is alive! TNT finds him at Clippers-Rockets

Bill Simmons is on his way out at ESPN.  And ever since John Skipper made the startling announcement on Friday, Simmons has gone stone silent. But have no fear, Bill Simmons is still alive and well.  Can it be just a coincidence that the TNT cameras centered in on him at Staples Center for Game 4 of the Clippers-Rockets series?  I mean, it’s not like Turner Sports – with...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay Mariotti attacks Bill Simmons and “fanboy media” in baffling, out-of-touch rant

After the news of Bill Simmons and ESPN parting ways broke on Friday, was anyone asking “Hey, I wonder what Jay Mariotti thinks about all this?” Yet among the blizzard of articles, blog posts and Tweets responding to the biggest sports media story of the year, Mariotti did indeed chime in with some thoughts on the matter. First, he asked if “it occurred to anyone that Simmons...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN’s biggest stars have found a mixed bag of success outside Bristol

As Bill Simmons is now a lame duck at ESPN, he will join a whole host of people who have left the Worldwide Leader. Some have had varying success outside of Bucolic Bristol, CT while others have struggled. The sports media landscape is filled with people who have worked at ESPN and left. In the case of Michelle Beadle, Keith Olbermann and Jason Whitlock, they got to return to the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss
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