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ESPN Ends Grantland Website 5 Months After Editor Bill Simmons Leaves

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    ESPN Ends Grantland Website 5 Months After Editor Bill Simmons Leaves
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    Grantland founder and former editor Bill Simmons at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2014 on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans. The website was suspended on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, ESPN announced.

    ESPN has ended the Grantland website five months after founding editor Bill Simmons left the company.

    The cable network announced the closing Friday, saying it plans to focus on projects with a "broader and more significant impact across our enterprise."

    Simmons and ESPN parted ways in May. Simmons had served as a sports columnist, TV host and analyst. ESPN this month laid off 300 employees.

    ESPN says Grantland "distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so."

    Simmons joined HBO in October and will host a weekly talk show starting next year. He'll also deliver video podcasts, features and consult with HBO Sports.