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ESPN to lay off 150 people, latest round of cuts at sports broadcasting network

The latest corporate restriction at ESPN might just flood the sports media arena with some great talent. It will be interesting to see what happens.

In a new attempt to consolidate resources at the company, ESPN is laying off up to 150 of their employees.

The President, John Skipper, recently announced the network appreciates their time and will help them with the move by compensating with a 2017 bonus and a few other services and benifits.

This mass lay off will add to the number of employees the network has fired this year to a whopping 250 people.

The latest corporate reconstruction at ESPN might just flood the sports media arena with some great talent. It will be interesting to see what happens.

From foxnews:

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.

ESPN let go several veterans of the network in April including Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer and Danny Kanell in a round of cuts that impacted about 100 employees. 

Our source told Fox News that though 250 employees have been laid off this year, the company is still hiring — just in different departments.

“There are a number growth initiatives going on [at ESPN],” the source insisted. 

ESPN has had a somewhat rocky year. The network came under fire in August after they pulled an announcer from a college football game named Robert Lee because his name is similar to that of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The network also faced heat after suspending Jemele Hill in October after she violated their social media guidelines twice for calling on Twitter for people to boycott advertisers over the NFL protests and for calling President Trump a “white supremacist.”

ESPN also cancelled “Barstool Van Talk” in October after one episode amid outcry over the Barstool’s brand’s commentary on women.


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