ESPN has announced it is shutting down Grantland, the sports and culture site founded by Bill Simmons. Grantland was home to some of the most thoughtful and original reporting on the internet. It took on subjects not as mere entertainment but as a critical part of understanding the world.
Simmons departed Grantland and ESPN in May after criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goddell in ways that irritated ESPN brass. After Simmons started a new venture with HBO, many of the site’s top staffers departed. ESPN has been cutting staff and the news comes on the heels of the announcement that 300 staffers across the organization would be laid off.
Still the announcement on Friday seemed to come as a surprise to many Grantland writers and editors, who reported learning the news on Twitter.
Although it failed to attract a mass audience, it had legions of devoted fans. Many of them reacted to the news by tweeting their favorite Grantland articles.
— Mark Lieberman (@MarkALieberman) October 30, 2015
This remains one of my favorite pieces of journalism of all time: https://t.co/Bmneg1meCJ
— Dan Trombly (@stcolumbia) October 30, 2015
My favorite article of all time, "Shane Carruth Will Have Another," came from Grantland. https://t.co/y8bJeqG8jf
— Nicholas Slayton (@NSlayton) October 30, 2015
— Eric Snyder (@NSHBIZSnyder) October 30, 2015
— Sam Brodey (@sambrodey) October 30, 2015
— Matthew Leimkuehler (@mattleimkuehler) October 30, 2015
Still my favorite Grantland piece: https://t.co/0WoXfTzR7H
— Todd! (@WordOfTodd) October 30, 2015
— Dattaraj Thaly (@grindergoa) October 30, 2015
— Michael Duffy (@mduffy8901) October 30, 2015
— Emily Orley Jacob (@emilyorley) October 30, 2015
— andyedelson (@andyedelson) October 30, 2015
— Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) October 30, 2015
A lot of great reads on Grantland but this could possibly be my favorite one. https://t.co/XARgS1KHtB
— Jayson Buford (@jaysonbuford) October 30, 2015