The Ringer is a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded by sportswriter Bill Simmons in 2016 and owned by Spotify since 2020.[1][2][3]

The Ringer
Type of site
Sports, popular culture
LaunchedMarch 14, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-03-14)



The Ringer was launched in March 2016 by Bill 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.[4] In May 2017, The Ringer entered into an advertising and technology partnership with Vox Media (owner of SB Nation), under which Vox would handle advertising sales, and give the site access to its in-house publishing platform.[5]

Former Grantland writers who have since written for or worked for The Ringer include Mark Titus, Shea Serrano, Ben Lindbergh, Robert Mays, Andy Greenwald, Sean Fennessey, Chris Ryan, Mallory Rubin, Juliet Litman, Craig Gaines, Bryan Curtis, David Shoemaker, Ryan O'Hanlon, Danny Chau, Jason Concepcion, Riley McAtee, Joe Fuentes, and Tate Frazier.[6]

In May 2018, The Ringer published a story by Ben Detrick about Bryan Colangelo,[7] then the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers, and his apparent use of various Twitter accounts to criticize players and defend himself. This led to Colangelo's resignation on June 7, 2018.[8]

In August 2019, The Ringer's editorial staff voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. The union was voluntarily recognized by the Ringer's management four days later.[9]

On February 5, 2020, subscription music streaming service Spotify announced it was acquiring The Ringer for an estimated $195 million and an additional $50 million in performance-driven incentives.[10] Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff stated that Simmons was "one of the brightest minds in the game and he has successfully innovated as a writer and content creator across mediums and platforms."[3][11]

In April 2021, writers and producers ratified their first collective agreement with Gimlet Media and The Ringer. It would last 3 years, with minimum base salary of $57,000 for The Ringer staff. Absent, was any provision over worker ownership of content created.[12][13]



Like the content on the website, the Ringer's podcast network covers both sports and pop culture.[14] 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 the Air) and James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang (The Dave Chang Show).[14]

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.[15]

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.[16] Talk the Thrones is a continuation of After the Thrones, which aired on HBO.[17]

The Ringer premiered Binge Mode in 2017, a podcast that has recapped every episode of Game of Thrones and every book in the Harry Potter series.[18]

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.[19]



The list of podcasts offered as of May 13, 2023.[20] The Ringer podcast network features a slate of more than 30 podcasts. Since being acquired by Spotify in February 2020, The Ringer has continued to publish its podcasts across platforms while promoting additional shows that are exclusive to Spotify.

  • The Bill Simmons Podcast
  • The Ryen Russillo Podcast
  • The Rewatchables
  • Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay
  • The Ringer NBA Show
  • The Ringer-Verse
  • The Ringer NFL Show
  • The Ringer Fantasy Football Show
  • The Prestige TV Podcast
  • The Big Picture
  • The Watch with Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald
  • Plain English with Derek Thompson
  • The Town with Matthew Belloni
  • 60 Songs That Explain the '90s (resuming May 17, 2023)
  • The Mismatch
  • The Full Go with Jason Goff
  • New York, New York with John Jastremski
  • Philly Special
  • Trial By Content
  • Jam Session
  • Bachelor Party
  • The Press Box
  • The Ringer Gambling Show
  • Every Single Album: Taylor Swift
  • Ringer Food
  • The Ringer Reality TV Podcast
  • Wrighty's House
  • The Dave Chang Show
  • Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air
  • Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg
  • The Bakari Sellers Podcast
  • The Ringer MMA Show
  • The Ringer Wrestling Show
  • Fairway Rollin
  • The Masked Man Show
  • Sports Cards Nonsense
  • Sound Only
  • Stadio
  • The Rugby Pod
  • Recipe Club
  • Death, Taxes, and Bananas

On Hiatus

  • The Ringer Music Show (on hiatus as of December 20, 2022)

Limited Series

  • Book of Basketball 2.0 (ended April 8, 2022)
  • Icons Club: The Evolution of the NBA Superstar (ended June 29, 2022)
  • 22 Goals (ended December 14, 2022)
  • Just Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed America (ended March 28, 2022)
  • Flying Coach (ended January 26, 2022)
  • The Book of Wrestling (ended November 9, 2022)
  • The Cam Chronicles (ended July 13, 2020)
  • What If? The Len Bias Story (ended July 14, 2021)
  • Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia (ended July 1, 2020)
  • The Wire: Way Down in the Hole (ended December 21, 2020)
  • Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team (ended November 21, 2019)

Ended/No Longer on The Ringer

  • 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt (ended January 26, 2022)
  • No Skips With Jinx and Shea (ended March 24, 2022)
  • Binge Mode (ended March 5, 2021)
  • This Blew Up (ended December 6, 2022)
  • Black Girl Songbook (ended June 29, 2022)
  • R2C2 (left the Ringer after May 26, 2022 episode)
  • Mack Mania (ended November 15, 2022)
  • Ringer Baseball (ended December 10, 2021)
  • Gamblers (ended October 26, 2022)
  • Gene and Roger (ended August 25, 2021)
  • Tea Time (ended September 1, 2023)


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