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Simmons Profiled By Rolling Stone As Sports-Loving Kid In The Body Of A Media Mogul
Published May 1, 2014
OTHER SIMMONS SNIPPETS: Tannenbaum in a post for DEADSPIN noted he "had a bunch of quotes that didn't fit" into the Simmons profile in Rolling Stone. Simmons, on Magic Johnson's stint with "NBA Countdown," said, "I don't know if I would've come back for a second season of Countdown if I knew Magic wasn't coming back. I was really on the fence -- I made a pro-con list and everything. I genuinely liked him, and I think he liked me. I thought it was funny that I was blamed for him leaving the show. ... The reality is, the people who run ESPN don't like the perception that I have a lot of sway." Tannenbaum noted the NBA's current TV deals with ESPN and TNT run through the '15-16 season, and Fox Sports and NBC are "expected to bid aggressively for subsequent rights." Simmons: "My contract expires next year. If ESPN doesn't have the broadcast rights to the NBA, it will make me re-evaluate what I should do next. I want to work for whoever has the NBA" (DEADSPIN.com, 4/29).