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Old 09-25-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

…for 3 weeks for remarks he made regarding Roger Goodell. I’ve read other stories that say he was suspended for basically daring the network to suspend him. I listened to the podcast where the “rant” occurred and although some of what he said was inflammatory, it was said in a joking manner.

Some people cannot stand the guy. I like him (most of the time) and enjoy Grantland and his 30 for 30 docs.

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Old 09-25-2014, 03:01 PM   #2
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What type of connection do the two entities have besides broadcasting/giving content? why does what he say effect espn and the NFL?
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

I love his stuff, but at the same time he's one of the biggest drivers of the political agenda that espn has. It doesn't shock me what he said and it doesn't shock me that he was suspended. It's what he does
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Old 09-25-2014, 03:29 PM   #4
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He works for ESPN.

I also love him. Grantland is great.
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Love Grantland, but I rarely read/watch his content. Not upset about this at all.
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Love Grantland, but I rarely read/watch his content. Not upset about this at all.

Same. I listen to his pod during football season when he guess the lines with Cousin Sal. The pods when he has Klosterman on are really good.
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I like him with Jalen for the NBA's coverage.
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Old 09-25-2014, 04:04 PM   #8
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

I think they are saying he was suspended for his language... Are they allowed to curse in podcasts? Never listen to them.
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So for those of us that don't know, this just bad language?
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I also love him. Grantland is great.
Yes, I know. but why was he suspended for saying something about the NFL?
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I think they are saying he was suspended for his language... Are they allowed to curse in podcasts? Never listen to them.

Yeah there swear on pods. They used to not bleep them out but now they do.

It's kind of a running joke on Grantland that the producer has to "keep his finger on the button"
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

I loved that he dared ESPN to suspend him! It takes a set of large huevos to do that. They called him on it, which I felt they would.

Well played, sir.
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

This is a joke. Simmons clearly wanted to be suspended and help his ratings. ESPN should have just ignored it and no one except his relatively limited audience would have known about it. Instead, they make it a big deal.

I like the point they made on Deadspin though that Stephen A gets two weeks for saying Ray Rice's wife played a big role in him knocking her out and Simmons says this and gets 3.

If the NFL wasn't so good awful and tone deaf with their PR I would say ESPN had them beat, but fortunate for ESPN, the NFL and NCAA will always be much more incompetent with public relations.
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

Love Grantland, but Simmons comes across as a dope, and isn't a particularly good interviewer.

This isn't a martyr situation. Hope he enjoys the 3 week vacay.
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

I like his 30 for 30 series but why waste time calling out Goodell, who won't get fired? Talk shit about the guys that beat their wives and kids.
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Default Re: ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons...

Not a big fan of Simmons at all, so this doesn't really bother me all that much.
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a 15 billion dollar Monday Night Football contract. Others have called for Goddell's resignation but none have out and out called him out. This is the third suspension of Simmons by ESPN. He had no substantiated facts to back up calling Goddell a liar. And yes he dared ESPN to suspend him. I think he is awesome but you can't call people liars without backing it up. Especially a business partner of your employers.
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But was what Simmons said really deserving of a suspension? He used profanities multiple times while passionately saying that Goodell was lying over what he knew about the Ray Rice domestic violence case. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar, “Simmons said. “I’m just saying it. He is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test, that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such [expletive expletive]. It really is, it’s such [expletive expletive]. For him to go into that press conference and pretend otherwise — I was so insulted.”

“I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell,” Simmons said in a dare to his bosses. “Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast … Please, call me and say I’m in trouble. I dare you.”
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This was the NFL flexing its might on Disney. This is not the first time either. Playmakers was a big time show for them. 1 season and it was gone because of the NFL. All that money invested in the report with Frontline in a deep investigation about psychological effects of the NFL. All the sudden ESPN pulled out of it and put an end to it. The Rothesberger civil suit ESPN putting a do not report order on. Even if NFL does not overtly threaten ESPN the bottom line is the ESPN has to acquiesce because NFL contracts are so rich and every broadcaster wants them. ESPN has to keep them.
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Same. I listen to his pod during football season when he guess the lines with Cousin Sal. The pods when he has Klosterman on are really good.
I'm a big fan of Klosterman, both on Grantland and elsewhere. As a baseball stat nerd, Jonah Keri is good too. College basketball guys there are solid too, even if one of them is an Ohio State guy and another is a Duke guy.
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