By Peter Gleason
ESPN is saying bye-bye to the Sports Guy.
Bill Simmons, the longtime ESPN sports columnist who grew in fame from the Boston fan known as the Sports Guy to editor-in-chief of Grantland and “30-for-30” executive producer, will leave the network with his contract expiring later this year.
Simmons, who also has been a presence on ESPN’s NBA coverage, called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a liar after how he handled the Ray Rice video release and was suspended for his comments. He also ripped the “Mike & Mike” show.
Here’s a statement from ESPN president John Skipper:
“I decided today that we are not going to renew Bill Simmons’ contract. We have been in negotiations and it was clear it was time to move on. ESPN’s relationship with Bill has been mutually beneficial — he has produced great content for us for many years and ESPN has provided him many new opportunities to spread his wings. We wish Bill continued success as he plans his next chapter. ESPN remains committed to Grantland and we have a strong team in place.”