Bill Simmons Rumors
Bill Simmons is taking The Ringer to a whole new server. It was announced this morning that The Ringer would be moving from Medium to Vox Media servers where it will share real estate with sites like SB Nation, The Verge, and Recode. The latter is where Simmons has been known to pop in for an interview now and then to explain that money is no f-ing problem. Simmons will maintain ownership of the site, but Vox will sell ads and share revenue. Here’s Simmons statement via the New York Times:
Why does the All-Star game have have such low quality of play? Kevin Durant on The Bill Simmons Podcast: “It’s Sunday. It’s Sunday. It’s Sunday. The game is Sunday. We done did everything from Thursday, had a game, fly into New Orleans hit the ground running. And by Sunday, by the time Sunday – and you want to enjoy your break. By the time Sunday come, we’re like man, let’s just get this over with and get back to the second half of the season.” What a refreshingly honest answer.
The Ringer, his sports+pop culture website and podcast network, is still finding its footing. But Simmons says it is already making money — enough to support a staff of 65 full-time employees. Really? “Fuck yeah,” says Simmons, slouched comfortably on a couch in his office/podcast studio. “The one thing that’s not a problem for us is money.”
Everyone is surprised by that. Because no one believes that there’s that much money in podcasting. Bill Simmons: Really? Go ask some people. We have really successful podcasts. Not just mine. But The Ringer NBA show is like 140,000, 150,000 listeners per show. Channel 33’s like 125,000 per show. Ringer NFL is like almost 100,000. You go on down the line …
Bill Simmons’s new HBO show, “Any Given Wednesday,” has struggled to gain much of a foothold in its first season. The criticisms of it are varied: The format stinks; viewers have tired of his hackneyed Boston fanboy-isms; his style is better suited for print or podcast; what’s with all the Michael Rapaport?; he just isn’t very good on TV. Whatever the reason, the show has not been a success in the ratings department, and on Wednesday night far fewer people tuned in than ever before.