17. Bill Simmons vs. ESPN
Like many sports fans, ESPN’s Bill Simmons was outraged about how the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell handled the whole Ray Rice mess. But unlike many fans, Simmons has a regular podcast that ESPN pays him to do. On his Sept. 22 edition of The BS Report Simmons unleashed a scathing commentary in which he called the NFL commissioner a “liar” and dared ESPN, which pays billions to broadcast NFL games, to discipline him for his comments. The network obliged and suspended Simmons for three weeks. His contract with ESPN is set to expire in 2015, so the dustup between Simmons and his bosses could lead to a parting of the ways.
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