On Friday, October 30, ESPN released a statement indicating that Grantland publication has been suspended. The statement can be found here and reads as follows.
Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland. After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.
Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent. Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.
Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.
It is anticipated that many of the Grantland writers will find new positions on other ESPN platforms. This is all rather disappointing, as Grantland has long been a beacon of creative writing, in-depth analysis, and passionate voice in the sports community. Best wishes to all who are affected by this change.