The Ringer (website)

The Ringer is a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded by sportswriter Bill Simmons in 2016.[1][2]

The Ringer
The Ringer logo
The Ringer screenshot
Type of site
Sports, Popular culture
OwnerBill Simmons


The Ringer was launched in 2016 by Simmons, who brought along several editors who had previously worked with him on Grantland, an ESPN-owned blog he operated from 2011 to 2015.[2] At launch, the Ringer had a staff of 43 and focused primarily on sports and pop culture as content areas, with a few writers also working on technology and politics.[2] HBO, the network on which Simmons hosted his weekly television program Any Given Wednesday one season in 2016, was an initial investor in the website.[2]

The website was previously published on the Medium platform.[3] In May 2017, The Ringer entered into an advertising and technology partnership with Vox Media, under which Vox would handle advertising sales for The Ringer under a revenue sharing arrangement, and the site would also have access to Vox's internal publishing platform Chorus.[4]

Former Grantland writers who have since written for or worked for The Ringer include Mark Titus, Shea Serrano, Ben Lindbergh, Robert Mays, Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Mallory Rubin, Juliet Litman, Craig Gaines, Bryan Curtis, Ryan O'Hanlon, Danny Chau, Jason Concepcion, Riley McAtee, Joe Fuentes, and Tate Frazier.[5]


Like the content on the website, the Ringer's podcast network covers both sports and pop culture.[6] The flagship podcast, the Bill Simmons Podcast, is an interview show hosted by Simmons, featuring other Ringer writers and podcast hosts as well as athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures. Popular podcast hosts include former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore (host of Black on Air) and James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang (The David Chang Show).[6]

Former podcasts include Keepin' it 1600, a politics podcast featuring former Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, and others. After leaving the Ringer, the hosts of Keepin' it 1600 created a new podcast called Pod Save America as part of their own new media company, Crooked Media.[7]

In 2017, The Ringer began the video podcast series Talk the Thrones, an aftershow for Game of Thrones hosted by Ringer staff writers and live-streamed on Twitter.[8] Talk the Thrones is a continuation of After the Thrones, which aired on HBO[9].

As of April 30, 2018, The Ringer's world-wide Alexa ranking is 2,077 with over 15 million views per month. Of those, 6,150,000 are unique visitors.[10]

Bryan Colangelo story

In May 2018, The Ringer published a story by Ben Detrick about Bryan Colangelo[11], then the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers, and his apparent use of various Twitter accounts to criticize players and/or defend himself. This led to Colangelo's resignation on June 7, 2018.[12]


  1. ^ "About The Ringer". The Ringer. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  2. ^ a b c d Edgers, Geoff; Edgers, Geoff (2016-06-01). "Bill Simmons's new site, The Ringer, goes live. And please, don't call it just another Grantland". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. ^ Lichty, Edward (2016-02-23). "Medium: Home of The Ringer". Medium. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-05-30). "Bill Simmons' The Ringer Inks Advertising, Tech Pact With Vox Media". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. ^ Kalaf, Samer. "Bill Simmons's New Site Has A Name And Some New Hires". Deadspin. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  6. ^ a b "The Ringer Podcast Network – The Ringer". The Ringer. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  7. ^ "'Keeping It 1600' Podcast's Obama Alums Launch New Show and 'Crooked Media' Company". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  8. ^ "Facebook, Twitter and Apple get into the television business". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  9. ^ "Game of Thrones aftershow 'Talk the Thrones' picked up by Twitter". The Independent. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  10. ^ " info". HypeStat. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  11. ^ "The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account".
  12. ^ "Bryan Colangelo resigns as president of 76ers".

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The Ringer

The Ringer(s) may refer to:

The Ringer (originally titled The Gaunt Stranger), a novel by Edgar Wallace, or the 1929 play adapted by Wallace from his novel

The Ringer (1928 film), a British crime film directed by Arthur Maude based on the Edgar Wallace novel

The Ringer (1931 film), a British crime film directed by Walter Forde based on the Edgar Wallace novel

The Ringer (1952 film), a British mystery directed by Guy Hamilton, based on Edgar Wallace's play (see next)

The Ringer aka Der Hexer (1964 film) (1964) German crime film based on the Edgar Wallace story

The Ringer (2005 film), a 2005 comedy starring Johnny Knoxville

The Ringer (2013 film), a drama written and directed by Chris Shepherd for Canal+ and CNC

"The Ringer", an episode of the TV series The Legend of Zelda

The Ringers, an American rock band

The Ringer (Antarctica), a distinctive ring-shaped moraine at the mouth of Ringer Glacier

The Ringer (album), a jazz music album by Charles Tolliver, or the title track

"The Ringer" (song), by Eminem from Kamikaze

The Ringer (website), a sports and pop culture website

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