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Longtime sports editor Jay Lovinger, via @ESPNBOOK, on Bill Simmons and Rick Reilly:


"Reilly was the king of Sports Illustrated and now he's not even a factor -- but he makes a huge amount of money. He's probably the highest-paid person ever, a writer for a normal publication. Bill Simmons might be the closest one. If Bill was making less than Oprah Winfrey, it wouldn't be close enough. Only "Bill World" will ever satisfy Bill. He's really made it big, though, hasn't he? I wonder sometimes what's going on out there in America.

By the way, Reilly was a total pro when I worked with him. Hardworking total pro. I don't know if that's still the case. I think that kind of money can spoil you."

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