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A Struggling ESPN Lays Off Many On-Air Personalities

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    The New York Times:

    ESPN on Wednesday began another round of layoffs, this one aimed at on-air personalities, perhaps the starkest sign yet of the financial reckoning playing out in sports broadcasting as cord-cutting proliferates. […]

    The network has lost more than 10 million subscribers over the past several years. At the same time, the cost of broadcasting major sports has continued to rise. ESPN committed to a 10-year, $15.2 billion deal with the N.F.L. in 2011; a nine-year, $12 billion deal with the N.B.A.; and a $7.3 billion deal for the college football playoffs, among many others.

    The Ringer:

    This is what’s mind-blowing about the ESPN layoffs. It’s possible that the money the network decided it had to cut is so big that it couldn’t just prune people from fading properties like SportsCenter, or more fully abandon its plan to colonize local sports pages, which had been evident for some time. Here is ESPN cutting a digital reporter covering its biggest growth sport — one of two writers it attached to maybe the most popular sports team on the planet right now.

  2. Bayside 182

    Wolverine Supporter

    I used to love ESPN but now I gravitate more towards the networks associated with the individual sports like the MLB Network or NFL Network. Also, ESPN tries to be too funny in my opinion. A little humor is good but often times they go a bit overboard with the "comedy"
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  3. Behind the Barricade

    Time for FS1 to pick up the pieces. They should throw a lot of money at Jay Crawford and put him on the Morning Show.
  4. SEANoftheDEAD


    Yeah, I tend to gravitate more towards the individual sports channels as well. I'm also really into hockey and they act like it doesn't exist. I don't find any of their shows entertaining outside of Sportscenter, which I'll have on in the mornings when eating breakfast or whatever.

    Still crazy though to see it just fading away.
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  5. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    fuck fox sports though, all they do is hire the biggest tools in the industry
  6. Behind the Barricade

    Thanks to the ESPN layoffs, they're going to get even bigger! At least there's a lot of talent in these recent layoffs.
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  7. slimfenix182


    I've hated the vibe, the comedy, the set.. There haven't really been very many things about Sportscenter I've liked in a long time lol.
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  8. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    a lot of people fired weren't even on air personalities, they were people who wrote incredible articles for the site. journalists to their core
  9. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    richard deitsch's tweets comparing random programming to skip bayless ratings is one of my favorite things on twitter
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  10. hibbletonrules

    Future love, don't fall apart Prestigious

    I was hoping that FS1 would actually present a viable alternative to ESPN, but holy shit FS1 is fucking awful.
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  11. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    I just do ESPN1000 radio here in Chicago and that a little much because of their midday guys sometimes...
  12. Behind the Barricade

    It's in a weird time slot at 930am eastern I believe. If they put Crawford with someone else from 6-930am (or move Skip to 9), I think you could get a nice morning crowd throughout the country. Could be wrong.
  13. jco3


    I'm just saying, if FS1 were to show New Japan Pro Wrestling live or very close to the live show, I'd watch the hell out of that. I feel like a ton of wrestling fans would too.

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.
  14. Behind the Barricade

    There's really no flow to the programming from what I've seen. If you built had Jay Crawford - Skip - Cowherd, it wouldn't be a bad lineup. The only problem is that they don't have a SportsCenter type show where they can fill in during the non peak hours.
  15. Behind the Barricade

    That would be a killer move! Idk how much it would be but even television rights to RoH would be a solid get.
  16. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    Basically fired the entire hockey coverage crew during the NHL playoffs. It's the epitome of how ESPN has treated the sport over the years. Pierre Lebrun is one of the best in the business, and it is a major fuck up to let him go. He and Burnside will be able to get jobs ASAP.
  17. devenstonow


    That would be awesome (or if they got RoH), but based on most Meltzer tweets, it sounds like NJPW does shitty on TV even in Japan. Their time slot is 2 AM. But he makes it sound like the culture (ie. it'd be even worse if they were on cable vs network) might be a contributing factor
  18. YouOnlyLukeOnce Apr 26, 2017
    (Last edited: Apr 26, 2017)


    I also have been reading that names like Hannah Storm and Ryen Russillo (especially with Kanell gone), will see their airtime reduced. It's too bad because I think they have some incredible talent at ESPN that get unnoticed because clowns like Stephen A. Smith are on the network. Wonder how long it will be until they cut Around the Horn and PTI to save money. But seriously, I can't believe some of the names they let go. I wouldn't be shocked if Kanell and Crawford are both scoped up by the end of the week.
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  19. a nice person

    Trusted Prestigious

    I think it's weird that The Ringer is covering this. Although I see the connection because of Grantland, it seems really vindictive. Maybe I'm oblivious, but I don't see Rolling Stone writing about Billboard Magazine's subscription problems.
  20. Oddpac87

    Trusted Prestigious

    I'd love to see NBC expand their sports coverage and try to take the number 1 spot from ESPN eventually. They do a great job with everything they cover. ESPN has been bad for a long time and Fox has been garbage from the start, so I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that NBC could overtake them.
  21. marsupial jones

    make a bagel without the hole

    Getting rid of Ed Werder who was nothing but NFL for 17 years the day before the draft is super shitty. Couldn't hold off until Monday at least?
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  22. Tom

    It's way too late, or much too early Prestigious

    Never watched ESPN much because hockey is really the only sport I care about. And its pretty obvious ESPN doesn't care much for hockey.
  23. musicguy87


    Screw ESPN. Let's Go Penguins
  24. DaydreamNation

    there’ll be a knock Supporter

    Fuck me...Jayson Stark??? Really? He's about the only writer I make a point of following over there, and he's fantastic. Hope he finds work somewhere else fast.