Newswire: Ex-ESPN mainstay Bill Simmons gets his own HBO show, launching in 2016

HBO announced today that it has signed an “exclusive, multi-year, multi-platform agreement” with longtime ESPN sports commentator Bill Simmons, a deal that includes a weekly series that will premiere next year. In a press release, HBO said that it will be “Simmons’ exclusive television home” and that he’ll work closely with the president of HBO Sports on “non-boxing-related programming.” (That wording might seem bizarre, and it is, but it’s there...

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