ESPN announced that it is shutting down the Grantland website. We this move the network is ending the publication that has found a devoted following for its variety and longform writing.

In a public statement, ESPN said “After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact”.

The move separating the network from Grantland comes after an acrimonious suspension of Grantland’s founder Bill Simmons for his tirade against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Simmons is now working on new projects for HBO.

ESPN praised Simmons along with its numerous writers ‘n editors: ““Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent.”

It is not that long ago that Bill Simmons accused ESPN as what he called as being “in the back” with the NFL, pointing out the 15.2 billion contract that the NFL has with ESPN to broadcast Monday Night Football. He moreover implied that the network tried to deliberately undermine the site, saying that they “weren’t trying to make us succeed”.

Tiger WoodsAccording to Tiger Woods, the venue for this month U.S. Open is “very challenging “. Woods inspected the venue after several officials from the USGA said that  Chambers Bay would require “extensive homework”.

He visited the site this Monday and Tuesday on his way to the Memorial tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

In a public statement, Woods said: “When Mike (Davis) says something like that, you got to pay attention to it, because he’s an extremely bright man and we got out there and it was like, ‘Oh, my God, there’s so many different options here’. It’s very challenging in the sense that Mike has so many options that he can present us as challenges off the tees or into the greens. There are so many different numbers that you have to know off the tees and how that’s going to play.”

His comments can be an indication of what players have to expect at this year’s Open: USGA executive director Mike Davies said that those who will only get a couple of practice rounds will likely have no chance of winning.

drones at sports eventsUnauthorized drones seen at increasingly more major sporting events are now prompting  concerns amongst numerous safety experts.

As if the large crowds and tailgating parties in our stadiums are not enough we are now witnessing another danger in the form of rogue drones this can appear anywhere out of the blue.

The FAA is now investigating a number of incidents where drones equipped with cameras violated airspace restrictions in particular at major United States sporting events. The problem is in particular evident when there are NFL football games but drones are now also increasingly seen all across the UK and other European countries.

A campus police spokesman from the University of Wisconsin in Madison to the press: “those drones are an absolute safety concern. You never know what might be carried along with something like that”.

What do you think? Do you think that drones are a safety concern when you are visiting a ball game? Let us know!