It was announced early Friday afternoon that ESPN shuts down Grantland. They released a statement following their decision,
Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland. After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe will have a broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.
Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are grateful to those who made it so. Bill Simmons was passionately committed to the site and proved to be an outstanding editor with a real eye for talent. Thanks to all the other writers, editors and staff who worked very hard to create content with an identifiable sensibility and consistent intelligence and quality. We also extend our thanks to Chris Connelly who stepped in to help us maintain the site these past five months as he returns to his prior role.
Despite this change, the legacy of smart long-form sports story-telling and innovative short form video content will continue, finding a home on many of our other ESPN platforms.
-via ESPN MediaZone
Five months prior to this decision, Bill Simmons was let go from ESPN after they decided not to renew his contract. Simmons was the father of Grantland which he started back in 2011. When Simmons left, Chris Connelly decided to step in for Simmons but he soon clashed with the staff.
As the statement said above, Grantland was full of amazing writers and bloggers which will certainly be missed by the massive amounts of readers Grantland received each day.