Can ESPN Solve Its Grantland Problem?
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Months after ousting founder Bill Simmons, a staff exodus may have begun at the once-buzzy sports-and-culture site. What’s a Worldwide Leader to do when a franchise player leaves his franchise behind?
It's unclear if things are better or worse since Simmons left.
Interpreting metrics for Grantland is a total quagmire, because there are simply too many ways of slanting the stats—e.g., sourcing, ignoring how often stories were featured on the ESPN.com home page, visibility on the mobile app, etc. ESPN management and staunch Simmons defenders could both take turns in front of a jury and make compelling cases that things are either better or worse than before Simmons’s departure.