Bill Simmons Rumors
Bill Simmons: Off earlier Clips tweet: was talking about the president (Gillian Zucker) and the non-basketball side of operations. It’s been… chaotic. PS: Not just b/c of firings/layoffs/departures either. Zucker regime also having issues with the team’s sponsors, TV and the NBA itself.
Bill Simmons: We’re starting to get warmer… “Major turmoil behind the scenes with the L.A. Clippers … the players are fuming, the staff is confused … and multiple sources tell us all roads lead to a conflict involving Steve Ballmer’s first major hire. After Bill Simmons said the Clips were “as dysfunctional as ever” in the new Ballmer era, TMZ Sports spoke with multiple sources within the organization — including players — who tell us the drama all centers around Gillian Zucker, the team’s president of business operations.”
They might not have to wait too long. Simmons is launching a show with HBO, becoming heavily involved with HBO Sports, and also working with HBO Now, its recent digital product aimed at cord-cutting millennials. (He also recently announced the launch of a new podcast.) And Simmons may not be shopping his online commentary for very long. Many expect Simmons to soon launch his own content site modeled after Grantland, his hub at ESPN.
And more recently, Apple showed interest in signing up former ESPN star Bill Simmons to an exclusive audio podcast deal. Apple media boss Eddy Cue discussed the idea a couple of times with Simmons this summer, say people familiar with the talks, who say that they were preliminary at best.