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The Simmons Site

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I think we had a thread on this somewhere. Anyway:

  2. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    I can't get that link to work, Moddy, but here's another if that one stays down.


    Site will be grantland.com.

    I'm really excited for this site. It reminds me in some ways of byliner.com, although this will have ESPN's money behind it of course. But I think it will be a place for some really interesting writing and sounds like there will be some freelance opportunities as well.

    When you type grantland.com into a search, you get this:

    But if you click on it is the Simmons site, although it's still coming soon. I'm guessing a lucky family got a little cash from ESPN to give up the name?
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I do genuinely admire Simmons' entrepreneurial skills and attitude and willingness to try and create new stuff. I fear that this site will contain many pieces of merit I just find too damn long to read.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Does this mean Billy is no longer feeling suffocated and unloved and unappreciated at ESPN and over the whole Boston Herald thing? Or no?
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    It now redirects to ... http://espn.go.com/espn/grantland/

    I hope it works. I hope they do fantastic longform journalism. But invoking Rice's name seems a tad presumptuous.
  6. brettwatson

    brettwatson Active Member

    Just finished Simmons' Book of Basketball. Very long read - think War and Peace - but extremely enlightening. Lots of laugh out loud lines, footnotes out the wazoo, and scores of genuine insights. The dude knows his pro hoops.
  7. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Eggers (who was actually there at the outset of ESPN the Magazine, correct?), Klosterman, Gladwell, Weinreb. Heavy hitters. But some different faces too on the original roster.

  8. ARR

    ARR New Member

    Except for the (literally) hundreds of errors, he TOTALLY knows his stuff.
  9. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Interesting list of writers. Wonder which ones have read Grantland Rice.

    Simmons is the Jay Leno of this industry. He hired a bunch of Conans.
  10. One encouraging thing about calling it Grantland is that they seem to be asking to be judged by a high standard. Unlike if they had called it, say, Morning Pizza.
  11. secretariat

    secretariat Active Member

    Pro tip: If you want to work at Grantland, don't ever make fun of Lynn Hoppes.

  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'd love to know how much they paid the previous owner of grantland.com. Hope that guy played serious hardball.
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