The ESPN Layoffs Have Begun
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ESPN employs over 8,000 people worldwide, but like any business, they have to adapt to a changing landscape, and that means firing some of those people -- especially the more expensive ones -- to save money. One hundred, to be exact.
The latest round of cuts, which affects mostly writers and on-air talent, was prompted by a decrease in subscriptions and an increase in the money the network has been paying for the rights to broadcast NBA, CFB and NFL games. In fact, just a day before the 2017 NFL Draft, they've released veteran NFL insider Ed Werder -- a move that signals virtually anyone could go.
After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I've been informed that I'm being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 26, 2017
Apparently this came out of the blue, as Werder was set to be on assignment next week...
ESPN's NFL Draft press release (sent six days ago) had Ed Werder covering the Saints tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/mj7FniPSgA
— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 26, 2017
Keep in mind that the network was willing to drop in excess of $2 million to keep Skip Bayless before he left for Fox Sports 1 last year. Skip Bayless.
We'll update this post as more beloved figures are jettisoned from the mothership, below...
John Skipper has just sent memo to all @espn employees. Layoffs announced today. Around 50 names you will recognize; another 50 you may not.
— jamesmiller (@JimMiller) April 26, 2017
Well folks, as you can tell by my new Twitter handle, I was also among the cuts today at ESPN.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 26, 2017
Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go "all in" 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 26, 2017
Super Bowls, The Trifecta and stories like the one up now are the moments I'll take with me into free agency starting tomorrow.
— Jane McManus (@janesports) April 26, 2017
For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 26, 2017
Laid off by ESPN today.Although sad cause I loved my job, mostly filled w/gratitude & appreciation for the 9 years #GreatFriendsAndTeammates
— Trent Dilfer (@TDESPN) April 26, 2017
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