Shane Smith Wants Bill Simmons to Join Vice


As Vice gears up to (possibly) launch its own 24-hour cable network, they have been making some ambitious movies, picking up shows from the likes of Marc Maron and Ellen Page. And now that ESPN’s Bill Simmons is suddenly available, Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith sees an opportunity.

When a handful of Twitter users started suggesting a home for Simmons at Vice, Smith quickly jumped on board:

Simmons has been conspicuously quiet on Twitter since news that ESPN has decided not to renew his contract broke Friday morning. That network’s president, John Skipper, told The New York Times that the Simmons-run Grantland website will be unaffected by the change, but one has to wonder whether the he is considering picking up his operation and moving it elsewhere.

Could Vice end up acquiring Grantland from ESPN and making Simmons their very own “Sports Guy” moving forward? Or is Simmons better off striking out truly on his own without having to conform to any larger organization’s demands? And finally, how serious is Smith about his offer in the first place? For now, we will have to wait to find out.

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