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.
Carmelo Anthony is Vice Media’s newest teammate. Anthony, the New York Knicks star, has joined Vice’s sports site as a founding partner of The Clubhouse, a new channel where well-known athletes, including Anthony and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, will host their own video series. DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports website, has signed on as a sponsor.
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.
Shams Charania is a 21 year old who fits the bill of the latter. That’s right, one of the league’s most relevant reporters is only a college junior. How you ask? Hard work and an unending drive to be the best. It sounds cliche and maybe it is, but that’s the story — Shams is outworking everyone and making a name for himself in the process. Even more scary than the fact that Shams is only 21: He’s already got three years under his belt as a full-time, salaried reporter for RealGM.
(USA Today Sports’) Jeff (Zillgitt) was discharged from the hospital this afternoon – seven days after being admitted with an intestinal obstruction caused by the cancerous tumor in his colon. After some experimenting, the doctors found the perfect cocktail of medications to alleviate Jeff’s post-surgery pain, stomach cramps and nausea. Our fingers are crossed that this cocktail continues to work at home.
After privately expressing a great deal of interest in former Bleacher Report NBA writer Ethan Skolnick and ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez as Dan Le Batard’s successors in afternoon drive, The Ticket has decided to open up the search and consider other options, in addition to those two former Miami Herald sports writers.