ESPN Severs Ties With Grantland Founder Bill Simmons

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Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN won’t renew the contract of sports columnist Bill Simmons, ending its relationship with the popular writer and commentator who founded the website Grantland.

“I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons’ contract,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement. “We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on.”

ESPN remains committed to Grantland, Skipper said.

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