Bill Simmons, ESPN sever ties: 'Time to move on,' President John Skipper says

Tony Maglio
Bill Simmons Leaving ESPN
Bill Simmons Leaving ESPN


ESPN is cutting ties will Bill Simmons, electing not to renew his contract on Friday.

Here is Worldwide Leader in Sports President John Skipper's statement:

"I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons' contract. We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on. ESPN's relationship with Bill has been mutually beneficial – he has produced great content for us for many years and ESPN has provided him many new opportunities to spread his wings. We wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter. ESPN remains committed to Grantland and we have a strong team in place."

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Simmons, while a huge draw over the years for ESPN, had become somewhat of a thorn in the Disney company's side. He somewhat often criticized members of his company and at times dared his bosses to retaliate.

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