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Chris Connelly replaces Bill Simmons as Grantland Editor-in-Chief

With Bill Simmons and ESPN agreeing to publicly part ways before the end of his contract in September, we’ve been wondering what’s next for Grantland in this period of limbo.  Just over Memorial Day Weekend, we noted that his picture was taken off the homepage as the face of Grantland.  Perhaps that was an omen […]

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Who is the new face of ESPN?

Over the last five years, one could successfully argue that Bill Simmons was the star of ESPN. While ESPN execs will tell you that no one person is bigger than the brand, Simmons was the guy who seemed to be the person who had become the face of the network even though he was mostly […]


Time Inc. acquires FanSided

Here’s some interesting news. In a case of traditional media buying a quote-unquote, new media company, Time Inc. has purchased FanSided and its 300 affiliated websites. FanSided is a sports and lifestyle network with 15 million unique visitors 50 million page views a month. That’s quite impressive. This is a deal that will help Time’s […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Linebacker Anthony Barr #11 of the UCLA Bruins strips the ball  from quarterback Cody Kessler #36 of the USC Trojans for a fumble and a turnover in the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  The Bruins won 35-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Study finds that *surprise* people watch games for the point spread

Quoting that great line from Claude Rains who played Capt. Louis Renault in Casablanca, “I’m shocked! Shocked to find gambling going on in here,” as he’s handed his winnings. Well, after a study was released by two college professors, it shows that interest in non-competitive college football games increases by as much as 30% thanks […]


Houston Texans to be on Hard Knocks

This reported by Tania Ganguli of As Hard Knocks goes into its 10th season on HBO, the Texans which were 9-7 last season, NFL Films will focus on how the team will prepare for the 2015 regular season. One thing that the series likes is charisma and the producers have that in the larger-than-life […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick earns a nomination for Worst Social Media Post of 2015

This week has seen extraordinary flooding hit parts of Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico.  At least 30 people have perished because of the floods and the untold damage to scores of communities is impossible to fathom. But for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, it was an opportunity to get his stupid hashtag over. In the midst of […]

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Viewing Picks for May 27, 2015

All Times Eastern College Frisbee USA Ultimate College Championship Highlights — ESPNU, 8 p.m. Women’s — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Men’s — ESPNU, 10 p.m. College Golf NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, FL Finals, Match Play — Golf Channel, 3 p.m. Golf Central Pregame — Golf Channel, 1 p.m. College Softball […]

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 06:  Television broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson chats with fans during a break between innings as the Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on August 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 3-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hawk Harrelson will miss the current White Sox road trip

Chicago White Sox fans listening for Hawk Harrelson’s voice over the next week and a half won’t be hearing it – Harrelson won’t be with the Sox on their 11-game road trip that started on Monday because of what CSN Chicago described as a “minor surgical procedure.” The radio voice of the Chicago Bulls, Chuck […]


Fox Sports expresses interest in re-signing Jay Onrait & Dan O’Toole

When Fox Sports 1 launched in August 2013, two of the first public faces of the network were anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.  The popular pair were exported from the Canadian version of SportsCentre (notice the important order of the “r” and “e” there) on TSN to be the lead anchors for Fox Sports […]

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 20: Matt Millen, an ESPN analyst, on field before the game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images )

Matt Millen leaves ESPN to join Big Ten Network and Fox Sports

Matt Millen, who has given some rather head-scratching analysis during his years on ESPN, will be heading back to the place where he was a number two analyst for the NFL. John Ourand at Sports Business Journal reports that Millen has signed a new contract with Fox Sports where he will work for multiple networks […]

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  A general view of court Philippe Chatrier during the men's singles semi final match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 13 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

NBC’s French Open television schedule is still the worst in sports

Memorial Day is a holiday, not an ordinary weekday. One of many pleasant ways to spend a holiday is to watch live sports. Let’s put it this way: If it’s good enough for a Sunday, it should be good enough for a holiday as well. That basic distinction brings up the first genuine problem with […]

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Bill Simmons has now been taken off’s homepage

If you visited over the weekend, you may have noticed a slight change.  The face of Bill Simmons is no longer present in the featured space that is given to Grantland.  You can still see Nate Silver’s portrait as the face of FiveThirtyEight, but no sign of The Sports Guy. It’s likely the first of […]