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”.