ESPN to lay off 150 people

FOX: ESPN President John Skipper announced Wednesday morning the network will be terminating approximately 150 employees, bringing the total number of employees the network has let go in 2017 to about 250.

Of the latest round of layoffs, Skipper stated, “We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services.”

The employees that were let go worked in “studio production, digital content, and technology.”

A source with knowledge of the situation said the layoffs announced Wednesday are part of an effort to “consolidate resources” at the company.

Skipper said network plans to invest in way to “best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business.”

This is in line with a recent announcement by ESPN Executive Vice President Norby Williamson that Sports Center will end its 7-11 p.m. broadcast on ESPNEWS citing the reallocation of resources toward more digital endeavors.  MORE

13 Comments on ESPN to lay off 150 people

  1. Worst employees ever.

    All I ever saw in ESPN coverage were football still photos slowly increasing in size with action music behind it with a sports voice over. Big whoop.

  2. We’re all rooting for ESPN to completely go bust.
    Like Newsweek, some vestige called ESPN will continue to appear. Just very few viewers and low ad revenue.

    The NFL is about to be a much bigger crash. Over a longer period.

    Pro Football lost me years ago when NFL teams lost all local roots, moving at will, and staffed by wildly overpaid tattooed thugs who get arrested beating up their females, DUIs, drug rehab, etc.
    Michael Lowlife Vick was the final straw for millions of onetime fans.

    Every guy who’s stopped watching has by now discovered there are better things to do with that regained free time.
    They won’t be coming back. Not even if the current Kneelers are ordered to sing patriotic George M Cohan medlies while twirling American Flag batons.

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