Former ESPN and current HBO personality Bill Simmons announced a new venture Wednesday in the form of a website called The Ringer. The latest project from the man originally behind ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and the critically acclaimed Grantland, Simmons announced that The Ringer will debut later in 2016. Simmons’ spokesperson said to CNN that all of his written content will be featured on The Ringer, while his television work will be exclusive to HBO. The spokesperson also revealed that The Ringer will begin as an email newsletter in mid-March, and the full site will launch in either the late spring or early summer.
ESPN cut ties with Simmons in May 2015 after employing him at the Worldwide Leader In Sports since 2001. His termination came a few months before his contract was set to expire along with the end of Grantland in October. The Ringer is said to have a similar feel to Grantland, a blend of sports and pop culture. Some former Grantland staffers are already on board for The Ringer, including Sean Fennessey as editor-in-chief. Chris Ryan was named executive editor, Juliet Litman signed on as managing editor, and Mallory Rubin became the deputy editor.
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