Bill Simmons Leaving ESPN

Grantland Editor-in-Chief Departs After 14 Years
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Bill Simmons, one of ESPN's most well-known personalities, is leaving the network after 14 years.

He will depart when his contract expires this fall. The New York Times broke the story.

"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," said ESPN president John Skipper. "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.”

Skipper said that Grantland, the sports and pop-culture website that Simmons launched in 2011, will remain with ESPN. “We have a strong team in place." No word on who will replace Simmons as edior-in-chief.