ESPN's Grantland Earns Three National Magazine Award Nominations

New York Leads All Nominees

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ESPN will be well-represented at this year's National Magazine Awards.

Not only did its eponymous magazine earn a nomination in the reporting category, but the ESPN-owned website Grantland captured three National Magazine Award nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, in the video, feature writing and columns and commentary categories.

The website, started in 2011 and run by popular sports columnist Bill Simmons, is known for publishing long magazine-style articles about sports and pop culture. Last January, Mr. Simmons and ESPN apologized for the site's handling of an article about a transgendered woman who invented a magic putter. The woman, known as Dr. V., killed herself before the story was published. But the American Society of Magazine Editors, known as ASME, nominated Grantland for episodes one, two and three of the video series "The Finish Line"; the feature story "Sea of Crisis" by Brian Phillips and three columns by Wesley Morris: "Let's Be Real," "After Normal," and "If U Seek Amy."

Grantland is a first-time nominee, along with seven other publications, including digital-first publishers Politico, Refinery29, science publication Nautilus and Matter, which is owned by the blogging platform Medium. This is not the first time digital-only sites have earned national magazine awards nominations.

Overall, 66 publications were nominated in 24 categories, ASME said Thursday. New York, a perennial favorite among judges, received 10 nominations, followed by two Conde Nast publications, Bon Appetit and The New Yorker, both with six. Another Conde Nast title, GQ, picked up six nominations, along with The Atlantic and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Nominees for Magazine of the Year are Meredith's Better Homes and Gardens, Hearst's Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, New York and Conde Nast's Vogue. Last year the honor went to Fast Company.

The National Magazine Awards will be given out Feb. 2 in New York.

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