Why Grantland Mattered To Journalism

ESPN shut down Grantland, its boutique sports and pop culture site, on Friday. That's not terribly surprising, given that Grantland founder Bill Simmons left the company acrimoniously in recent months and recruited many of his top staffers to join him at HBO.

But it is disappointing. Why? Because Grantland represented an ambitious leap into the future of journalism on at least two fronts.

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