After a tumultuous break-up with ESPN, sports media veteran Bill Simmons is rebounding with a hot new mate: HBO.
The network announced Wednesday it finalized a lucrative agreement with Bill, spearheaded by a weekly sports and pop culture series set to premiere in 2016. Bill will also produce new content for the channel and its digital platforms, including sports programming that has zero to do with boxing. Cheers to that!
“It’s no secret that HBO is the single best place for creative people in the entire media landscape,” Bill said, according to a press release from HBO. “From the moment I started talking to Michael and Richard [Plepler, HBO chairman and CEO], it was hard to imagine being anywhere else.”
If you know anything about Mr. Simmons, you may read his statement as a little bit shady. In May, he parted ways with ESPN after 14 years of working and building the brand—and not exactly on the best terms. Basically, Bill stopped giving a f—ck about censoring himself for ESPN, and the channel wasn’t happy about it. Need we remind you of these awesome moments?
Hey WEEI: You were wrong, I did a Boston interview today. With your competition. Rather give them ratings over deceitful scumbags like you.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 10, 2009
For an ESPN Radio show to pull an interview out of context from another ESPN Radio show, then play the moral authority card, is disgusting.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 6, 2014
In short, bless you, Bill, for these moments. We’re looking forward to even more badassery in 2016.