Bill Simmons

Sports Journalist
Born Sep 25, 1969

William J. "Bill" Simmons III is a sports columnist, author, and podcaster. He currently writes columns and hosts podcasts for Grantland. com, which is affiliated with ESPN. com. He is a former writer for ESPN The Magazine and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Nicknamed The Sports Guy, formerly The Boston Sports Guy, Simmons gained the attention of ESPN with his web site, BostonSportsGuy. com which earned him a job offer in 2001.… Read More

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1969 Birth William John Simmons III was born on September 25, 1969, to William Simmons and Jan Corbo. … Read More


1988 18 Years Old In 1988, he completed a postgraduate year at Choate Rosemary Hall, a prep school located in Wallingford, Connecticut. … Read More


1992 22 Years Old He graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in Political Science (his primary focus was the Middle East, which he often cites in his columns by way of saying his sportswriting career has nothing to do with his degree) and a GPA of 3.04. … Read More
1997 27 Years Old In 1997, unable to get a newspaper job, Simmons "badgered" Digital City Boston of AOL into giving him a column, and he started the web site while working as a bartender and waiter at night. … Read More
1998 28 Years Old Originally the column was only available on AOL, and Simmons forwarded the column to his friends. He began receiving e-mails from people asking if they could be put on his mailing list. For the first 18 months, Simmons would send it to about 100 people, until it became available on the web in November 1998. … Read More


2001 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, his website averaged 10,000 readers and 45,000 hits per day.
Simmons began writing a bi-weekly 800-word column for ESPN The Magazine in 2002 but convinced ESPN after three years to give him 1,200 words. … Read More
2004 34 Years Old 1 More Event
He left the show in the spring of 2004 after a year and a half of writing for the show. … Read More
2007 37 Years Old In 2007, he was named the 12th-most influential person in online sports by the Sports Business Journal, the highest position on the list for a non-executive.
Simmons has at times had a tense and public battle with ESPN about creative freedom and censorship. In May 2008, Simmons was embroiled in a dispute with management at … Read More
2009 39 Years Old In late 2009, Simmons was punished by ESPN for writing tweets critical of Boston sports radio station WEEI's The Big Show. … Read More


2013 43 Years Old ESPN again suspended him from Twitter in March 2013 after he posted tweets critical of ESPN's First Take.
2014 44 Years Old On September 24, 2014, ESPN suspended Simmons for three weeks for criticizing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. … Read More
…  Simmons served as executive producer on the project until he left ESPN in 2015. … Read More
2016 46 Years Old 1 More Event
After the success of his post-ESPN podcast, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Simmons announced the launch of his new website, The Ringer, on February 17, 2016.
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