Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Let the bidding war begin for the services of Bill Simmons. He, the founder of the popular sports journalism site Grantland, he, the unabashed Boston sports team homer, he, the man who has no problem cheering for his teams while working.
Yes, that guy.
For those who didn’t know, Simmons and ESPN will likely part ways when his contract with the worldwide leader ends later this year.
“I’ve decided that I’m not going to renew his contract,” said John Skipper, the president of ESPN 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.”To read more or comment...
When Draft Day has been your football team’s de facto Super Bowl Sunday for more than a decade, stratospheric television ratings shouldn’t be a surprise.
ESPN released its overnight ratings from its first night of coverage for the NFL Draft and the Northeast Ohio market proved to be the top one for viewership, according to numbers from Nielsen, a ratings measuring service.
The network averaged a 5.1 for the night. That didn’t approach the lofty numbers from last year’s annual players’ supermarket, which had plenty of drama courtesy of the presence of Johnny Manziel, who eventually ended up in Cleveland.
In fact, although much speculation surrounded Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who eventually landed with the Tennessee Titans, and Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly’s pursuit of him little drama existed for much of the evening. Kelly coached the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback in college.To read more or comment...