Former Grantland editor-in-chief says his new site launches later this year
Bill Simmons’ new website will be called The Ringer, he revealed Wednesday.
Fans of the former Grantland boss have been eagerly waiting for him to announce plans for his new website since his ESPN contract wasn’t renewed during a nasty split last year. This morning, two simple tweets finally provided us information regarding the new project, The Ringer.
The Ringer will debut later in 2016, and many die-hard Simmons fan will assume he wants it live before the NBA Draft on June 23. Simmons has a long history of live blogging and eventually co-hosting TV coverage of the draft, which is one of Simmons’ favorite events.
Ex-Grantlander Sean Fennessey will reportedly serve as editor in chief of The Ringer. The online property’s debut could also coincide with Simmons’ upcoming HBO series, which is also sparse when it comes to details.
We do know that Simmons will be joined by “Daily Show” alum Stuart Miller and Bill Simmons Media Group president Eric Weinberger as executive producers. Jason Ross, also from “The Daily Show,” has been named head writer and Kim Gamble joins as co-executive producer.
“I learned from my Grantland experience how important a good inner circle is and now, we’re building a terrific one for HBO,” said Simmons in a statement.
The Bill Simmons Podcast Network launched last October with “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” which is currently ranked No. 34 on itunes. It now includes former Grantland staffers hosting “Channel 33,” which is currently No. 132 among podcasts on iTunes.