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Breaking: ESPN Shutting Down Grantland Effective Immediately

Update 2: Simmons has weighed in on the situation. He called the treatment of his former colleagues "simply appalling."

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Update: According to James Andrew Miller, all of Grantland's writers will have their contracts honored. Furthermore, the network "intends" to use the sports writers on other platforms.

">@Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other

All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.

— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015

">@espn platforms.

— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller)

All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.

— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015

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Earlier: ESPN sports and pop-culture blog Grantland, which was founded back in 2011 by former employee Bill Simmons, is being shut down by the network. Simmons parted ways with ESPN back in May, and Chris Connelly had been in charge since.

The Worldwide Leader announced the news Friday via the following statement:

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.

Reaction has been pouring in from many in the industry. 

">@Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch)

ESPN's handling of @Grantland33 and its staff post-Simmons has been, to be blunt, a train wreck. That staff deserved much better.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 30, 2015

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">@Grantland33 gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That's great.

— HALLRAISER (@edsbs)

.@Grantland33 gave some of my favorite writers a chance to do whatever the hell they wanted to do for a long time. That's great.

— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) October 30, 2015

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">@Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at

All @Grantland33 writers will have their contracts honored; intent is to use sports writers on other @espn platforms.

— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015

">@espn

— James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller)

The decision to end @Grantland33 was a very recent one according to sources at @espn

— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) October 30, 2015

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More as we learn it.