Saturday, October 31, 2015

Grantland is gone. is down

My favorite website is no more.

ESPN announced on Friday that the publication of Grantland would be suspended immediately. 

I might as well throw out my iPad. Almost every night before bed, I get completely lost in one (sometimes two, if I'm feeling particularly crazy) of their wonderfully fleshed-out articles, awing over the unmatched quality and originality of their work.

In four short years, Grantland writers Jason Concepcion (@netw3rk), Bryan Curtis (@curtisbeast), Chuck Klosterman (@CKlosterman), Dave Schilling  (@dave_schilling) and the rest of the gang have created the golden standard for web content, in my humble opinion.

And even though their contracts will be honored and they will all find new gigs before long, I can't help but feel sad that my Grantland family will be broken up.

Of course, in some way it already had. When edgy writer/producer/broadcaster Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons), around whom Grantland was built, left ESPN five months ago, the sports and pop culture platform suffered a major blow.

With how ESPN and Simmons left things, it was only a matter of time before Grantland, Simmons' pet project, got nixed. 

Adding up the website's low traffic and ESPN's desire to move on and directs its "time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact", Grantland's termination on paper is a perfectly justifiable business decision. 

Leaving the "business" aside, this is an unfortunate move by a large company just to sever ties with a former employee after an ugly break-up. 

Where will I go now for quality TV reviews, in-depth pop culture coverage, deep sports reporting and fantastically frivolous writing?


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