http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/sports/bill-simmons-and-espn-are-parting-ways.html?_r=0

I’ve grown more positive on him over the years…he remains an irritating Boston slappy but I also can’t deny that his influence over 30 For 30 and Grantland has been substantial and those are the two best things ESPN does. Going to be very interesting to see what’s next for him and what happens to those two properties in his absence. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start something of his own with investor backing…he’s proven he can attract an audience and that his instincts seem to resonate with the public to a degree that you could bet on him and likely win to one degree or another. After the suspensions and general tension with ESPN in recent years, seems sort of unlikely to me that he’d go out and seek another corporate home where he’s not in control but who knows?