Bill Simmons, a top podcaster for ESPN and Editor-in-Chief for the ESPN-owned website Simmons founded Grantland, will be exiting the company soon. His contract, which expires in September, is not being renewed.
In a statement, ESPN President John Skipper said: "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."
Skipper told The New York Times' Richard Sandomir that the dissolving of contract talks were "about more than money," but did not offer specifics.
It is not yet known if Simmons' popular podcast The B.S. Report will continue with a new host after its ends its ESPN run. Simmons has yet to comment on his upcoming ESPN exit.
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