ESPN Media Zone — Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland. After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.
Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent. Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.
Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.
Unbelievable stuff from the worldwide leader here. Truly unbelievable stuff. You have the most talented collection of writers on the internet by a WIDE margin, and what do you do? You cut the cord because you’d rather promote shows like First Take and Mike & Mike? Un-fucking-believable.
The absurdity of saying, “we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.”
And immediately following that with:
“Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun.”
Is truly mind-blowing. Pretty much says everything you need to know about ESPN. This was their best venture by far, and they chose to continue to distance themselves from smart writing and promote shit like First Take because that gets more eyeballs. So fucking stupid.
Grantland was one of a handful of sites I went to every day. Betweeen Zack Lowe, Rembert, Conception, Serrano, Morris, Greenwald, Sharp, Baker, and so on, they delivered A+ content day in and day out. All those writers will have zero problem finding new outlets because when you’re that talented, anyone will hire you. But not having one place to find them all is gonna suck.
Fuck you forever and always ESPN.
P.S. Mic drop tweet from Goldsberry.