Grantland is dead.
ESPN PR put out a release Friday afternoon stating that "Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland."
The sports/pop culture website's future was in flux following the departure of its founder and former editor-in-chief Bill Simmons and it appears the Worldwide Leader in Sports decided it was no longer worth the hassle.
Grantland writers, editors, and alums—including Simmons—reacted to the news on Twitter.
I loved everyone I worked with at G and loved what we built. Watching good/kind/talented people get treated so callously = simply appalling.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 30, 2015
/turns phone off— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) October 30, 2015
Got to work with warm, smart, wildly talented people who believed in me for five years. I’ve been the luckiest writer on earth.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 30, 2015
well then— Rembert Browne (@rembert) October 30, 2015
angry fists, proud tears.— Rembert Browne (@rembert) October 30, 2015
Well that's the first time I've ever found out I was laid off via Twitter— Michael Baumann (@MJ_Baumann) October 30, 2015
Monday would've been my one-year anniversary. Really wanted that Disney pin.— Ryan O'Hanlon (@rwohan) October 30, 2015
I love you all very much.— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 30, 2015
I want to thank @billsimmons for creating this thing and allowing me to be part of it. I was so proud to work with so many amazing writers.— Steven Hy-loween-den (@Steven_Hyden) October 30, 2015
Best gig I ever had.— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) October 30, 2015
Here's ESPN's statement:
Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland. After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.
Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent. Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.
Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.
Send all complaints, compliments, and tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[via ESPN PR]