ESPN historian reveals inside story of the network’s breakup with Bill Simmons

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ESPN announced earlier this week that Bill Simmons, arguably the network’s biggest star, will be leaving the company at the end of his contract. ESPN president John Skipper told the New York Times that ESPN and Simmons “weren’t going to [agree] to terms” on a new contract, and announced Simmons’ departure one day after the columnist bashed Roger Goodell on the Dan Patrick Show.

Simmons has been at the center of many controversies during his tenure at ESPN. Simmons was suspended last fall after criticizing Goodell and has been involved in public feuds with fellow ESPN employees. James Andrew Miller — author of Those Guys Have All the Fun — wrote an insider’s account of the Simmons-ESPN breakup for Vanity Fair, and revealed a number of key issues that soured the writer’s relationship with the network. According to Miller, the tension between Simmons and ESPN hit an all-time…

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