It’s been less than 2 years since approximately 300 staffers at ESPN lost their jobs in October 2015. But with business still not looking good, the Bristol, Connecticut based company is taking out the axe yet again this week, this time with a focus on on-air talent.
Early estimates, notably from media reporter Richard Deitsch, put the total cuts at about 100 people. And already, some big names have announced they got the bad news. If you were a fan of Ed Werder or Paul Kuharsky or Scott Burnside, you won’t be able to enjoy their work at ESPN anymore.
ESPN UPDATE: I have multiple sources at ESPN telling me they expect the number of layoffs to be closer to 100 people than 70. Awful news.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 26, 2017
Knew cuts were coming. Sad to say nine great years at ESPN end for me in July. Please stay tuned to @Midday180.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) April 24, 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
Deadspin has a running list of the names being laid off that you can find here.
But big picture, this isn’t too surprising. In a world where millions of people are cord-cutting and streaming services are becoming the preferred method of media consumption, a network that relies heavily on subscription fees for revenue and shells out millions for sports broadcast rights is going to have some financial imbalance.
And while it’s never good to see anyone lose their job, cuts are often a necessity. 300 people lost their jobs behind the scenes last year, and now the faces you’ve seen on television over the years are facing a similar fate as ESPN tries to figure out its future.
Whether or not your a fan of sports, anyone who lives in Connecticut should hope that they can find a brighter path ahead.