For Pete's Sake

Bill Simmons is leaving ESPN, and the sports world is buzzing

The Kansas City Star

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Bill Simmons and ESPN are parting ways when his contract expires next fall, The New York Times is reporting.

Simmons, known for blending sports and pop culture in his writings, has been with ESPN for nearly 15 years, first writing for Page 2 and later running Grantland, ESPN’s sports and entertainment site. He had been in contract negotiations with the network, but ESPN president John Skipper told The Times that he had come to the decision to not renew Simmons’ contract.

“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,” Skipper said.

News of Simmons’ impending departure brought out praise, speculation and snark on Twitter.