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Known by most as “the sports guy,” Bill Simmons is a sports columnist, analyst, author, and podcaster. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief for Grantland.com, an ESPN.com affiliate, hosts his own podcast on ESPN.com titled The B.S. Report, and is the executive producer of ESPN’s widely received documentary project 30 for 30. Simmons publishes his sports guy columns on Grantland.com, and is known for his unique style of writing characterized by incorporating sports knowledge and analysis, pop culture references, personal life, and as being written from the perspective of a passionate sports fan.

Sports speaker, Bill Simmons, worked various jobs finally hitting the jackpot and landing a job at ESPN. Covering high school athletics, and freelancing for the Boston Phoenix left him broke, and he started taking on night jobs as a bartender and waiter. Not having much luck with newspaper jobs, Simmons convinced Digital City Boston of AOL to give him a column and he started the website BostonsSportsGuy.com and began writing his column, which he decided to call Sports Guy. It did not take long for the website to build up a reputation, and in just a few years the website averaged 10,000 readers and 45,000 hits per day.  As a result of the success of The Boston Sport Guy, ESPN gave Simmons a job offer in 2001 to write three guest columns.  His first column “Is Clemens the Antichrist?” became one of the most emailed articles on the website that year, and with that Bill Simmons became one of the most popular columnists on the site. Simmons was quickly promoted to one of ESPN’s lead columnists and became considered by many as a pioneer of sports writing on the Internet. 2007 marked a big year for Simmons as he came up with the idea for the ESPN documentary series 30 for 30, began his podcast originally called Eye of the Sports Guy, now known as The B.S. Report, and the Sports Business Journal named him the 12th most influential person in online sports. He also joined the television series E:60 as a special contributor and a few years later in the 2012-2013 NBA season he joined the NBA Countdown pregame show as a panelist/contributor.

In addition to the sports writing, Bill was hired by Jimmy Kimmel to be a comedy writer on his late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Simmons worked there from 2002 to 2004 before returning to focus full-time on his ESPN column. Simmons has also released two books, Now I Can Die in Peace and The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy. Both topped the bestseller list of the New York Times.