Invoice Simmons' 'Grantland' alternative will probably be on Medium

Bill Simmons' 'Grantland' replacement will be on Medium

Excessive-profile author, podcaster and Grantland founder Invoice Simmons has been within the means of rebooting his profession following a publicized cut up from ESPN final spring. He is resurrected his podcast and dealing with HBO on a brand new TV collection, and now we’re getting particulars about his new house on the internet. It is referred to as The Ringer — and now we’re listening to that that Simmons’ new website would be the first “premium content material web site” to be totally powered by Medium.

It isn’t clear but how The Ringer will differ from a website like Steven Levy’s tech-targeted Backchannel, one other publication run completely on Medium, however the point out of “premium content material” would suggest that no less than a few of the content material will probably be behind a paywall. (We have reached out to Medium to make clear precisely what’s new and distinctive about this relationship and can replace this publish with any particulars we obtain.)

The challenge has been within the works since December, when Simmons met with Medium’s Ev Williams to debate a possible partnership. Simmons referred to as the Medium workforce “spectacular” on Twitter and famous that his staff has “love[d] working with them” so far. Definitely after his clashes with ESPN, Simmons is happy concerning the independence he’ll have publishing on Medium. His new website might not have the quick attain that his ESPN work did, however Simmons has confirmed to be adept at embracing all kinds of media in his rise to prominence during the last decade-plus, so it is probably he’ll have the ability to make Medium work for him and his staff, as nicely. The Ringer ought to launch in late spring or early summer time and can function quite a few Simmons’ Grantland group in addition to a slate of latest writers.

We began speaking to @ev + his @medium group final December, it is a powerful group, we love working w/ them. Subsequent few months can be enjoyable.

— Invoice Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 23, 2016