The release clarified the roles to be assumed by the former Grantland staffers who made the leap with Simmons: Sean Fennessey (editor in chief), Chris Ryan (executive editor), Mallory Rubin (deputy editor) and Juliet Litman (managing editor). It also announced a number of new hires, including former Glamour editor Amanda Dobbins, who will oversee The Ringer’s culture coverage.
As for what that coverage will entail, Capital New York looked at the government trademark filing for the site’s name:
The filings describe the mark as being used for “downloadable podcasts, webcasts and electronic publications in the fields of entertainment, sports, sports and social commentary, pop culture, movies, music, television, technology, electronics, celebrities, current events, news, politics, lifestyle, and topics of general interest.”
In other words, it sounds a lot like Grantland, which ESPN shuttered after Simmons’s departure.
So, Bill Simmons, are you holding any grudges against ESPN for the way your tenure there ended?