Simmons has experienced a tumultuous few years with his bosses in Bristol, allegedly showing willful insubordination and receivign multiple suspensions from the network and on twitter for comments made against media peers and network business partners. The most glaring is his offensive of the integrity of NFL commissioner Roger Goddell.
In a terse statement, 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.”
Simmons has yet to comment via twitter or to the media.