Interesting item over at Deadspin today about a dialogue that they had with Bill Simmons recently. It seems that Simmons is writing less these days and it’s not because he’s taking a vacation or burnt out like Jason Whitlock. No it’s because he and the “Leader” are in a bit of a standstill.
Yes, I still work for ESPN. No, I’m not writing for ESPN.com as much — my choice, not theirs. That’s just the way it will be from now on, unfortunately. I’d have more to say, but I’d end up being profane and I don’t want to offend Buzz Bissinger.
When we inquired further, Simmons went on:
I still love writing my column and only re-signed last year because I really did believe that we had hashed out all the behind the scenes bullshit and come to some sort of agreement on creative lines, media criticism rules, the promotion of the column and everything else on ESPN.com. Within a few months, all of those things changed and certain promises were not kept. It’s as simple as that.
It’s a shame that 2010 (when Simmons’ current deal expires) is so far away because I’d love for him finally to sound off how he really feels about the Network and it’s personalities. When one writer provides most of your online readership it’s probably in your best interest to give him (most of) what he wants if you ask me. Very interesting.
Simmons: “Certain Promises Were Not Kept” (Deadspin)