Lightning rod sports commentator Bill Simmons, who has bounced around after a long and contentious stint with ESPN, is on the move again.
CNN reports that Simmons, who still has a deal with HBO, is moving his sports, tech and culture website The Ringer to Vox Media. Launched in June 2016, The Ringer has been publishing on the Medium platform.
The new partnership was announced today.
“The Ringer will be represented by Vox Media’s sales and marketing teams,” CNN reports. “The editorial side will remain independent.”
In a statement, Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, said: “Bill is one of our industry’s great innovators, with one of its most loyal followings. He shares Vox Media’s commitment to high quality storytelling and branded content.”
Simmons spent 14 years with ESPN, where he built up a big following but had a series of run-ins with the network.
“He was suspended in 2014 after criticizing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and he left the network in a public divorce in May 2015,” CNN notes. “ESPN later folded Grantland, Simmons’ highly regarded longform journalism site.”
Simmons’ HBO series “Any Given Wednesday” premiered last June, but HBO pulled the plug on the show in November.