Struggling ESPN layoffs many.
ESPN layoffs, employees being informed by phone calls and meetings that there service is no more needed, one after another. There are many names that you will hear, as ESPN is redesigning there lineup of programs.
ESPN layoffs were coming, it was known for a while. But today president of ESPN John Skipper announced in an official statement that,
“A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions. … We will implement changes in our talent lineup this week. A limited number of other positions will also be affected and a handful of new jobs will be posted to fill various needs.”
Most of the network’s on air personalities are said to be laid off on Wednesday. It is clear that ESPN is sadly downsizing the reporting ranks and many well known journalists will be leaving now.
ESPN is the biggest channel in sports broadcasting. The ESPN layoffs are justified as the viewers choice of watching the sports is shifting from traditional ways to consuming live sports. Facing the same issue the network has lost more than 10 million subscribers over the past few months. The cost of broadcasting the sports is constantly raising high as ESPN agreed with NFL for 10 years in a 15.2 billion dollars deal. They signed the deal of 12 billion dollars in 2011 with NBA and a deal of 7.3 billion dollars deal with the college football playoffs. In 2015, ESPN laid off more or less 300 people, most of whom were not off the camera.
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
James Andrew Miller the writer who wrote the book on ESPN says
“ESPN was wrapped in Teflon for many years, but big payouts for rights fees plus significant losses in their subscriber base were like punches to the gut and head, and now the company is trying to make sure they are strong enough to fight in the future.”
Reporter Ed Werder announced his lay off earlier this day. If he laid off, it was a proof that no one is spare in this game of downsizing. He was one of the networks most respectable voices.
Many journalist tweeted about the sad news.
I’ve been informed that I’m no longer employed at ESPN. Greatly enjoyed covering the B1G, and will immediately try to find a new challenge!
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) April 26, 2017
Oh, and just in case it’s not clear, I’m done at ESPN, but @DoublePivotPod ain’t going nowhere. We’ll still be around every week being nerds
— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) April 26, 2017
Want to thank https://t.co/r6GdLhHkPg for 9 fun years. Absolutely loved the gig. And very much look forward to continuing my work at TSN/RDS
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 26, 2017
After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.
— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) April 26, 2017