Bill Simmons is leaving ESPN
Bill Simmons, a.k.a. The Sports Guy, is leaving ESPN after nearly 15 years. The influential sports writer — who started on ESPN’s website as a columnist before becoming a multi-media force of nature — will not receive a contract offer from the company when his current deal is up this fall.
“I’ve decided that I’m not going to renew his contract,” ESPN president John Skipper said to the New York Times. “We’ve been talking to Bill and his agent and it was clear we weren’t going to get to the terms, so we were better off focusing on transition.”
Simmons, who launched the website Grantland and helped bring ESPN’s 30 for 30 series to television, has had a tumultuous run at the company in recent years. He was repremanded for remarks made on Twitter in 2009 and 2013, and suspended for three weeks last year after calling NFL commissioner Roger Goddell a “liar” in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal. (Skipper told the Times that Simmons’ suspension had nothing to do with the decision.)
Simmons, an active Twitter user, has not commented on the decision thus far. This post will be updated if and when he does. For more, head to the New York Times.