ESPN Layoffs: List of Confirmed Fired Employees
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ESPN Layoffs: List of Confirmed Fired Employees

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Wednesday was a somber day for many employees at ESPN.

The sports broadcasting network had announced in March that it planned on laying off some of its on-air talent as well as other employees behind the scenes, but didn’t specify exactly when.

That time is now for about 100 employees.

The company cited changes in the sports media industry as the main reason for the cuts, saying that cable subscribers are finding other options.

ESPN President John Skipper informed employees in a memo that “changes” in the company and its talent lineup would be made this week.

A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions. Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble. Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent—anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands. 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.

These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts and their many contributions to ESPN.

According to The New York Times, ESPN has lost over 10 million subscribers over the past few years. At the same time, costs of broadcasting deals with major sports continue to skyrocket. In recent years, ESPN signed a $15.2 billion deal with the NFL, a $12 billion deal with the NBA and a $7.3 billion deal for the college football playoffs.

In addition to the layoffs, Karl Ravech, Ryen Russillo and Hannah Storm will see their roles at ESPN “significantly reduced,” Hollywood Reporter wrote.

Russillo has since denied that his role will be reduced at ESPN, saying the reports are false.

Although employees knew layoffs were going to come, hearing they no longer have a job left them in utter disbelief.

The last time ESPN had a big layoff in the company was in 2015, when it let 300 employees go, including Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann.

Many of those employees that were laid off this round of cuts took to Twitter to announce the news of their exit.

Here is an updated list of those who have confirmed they were let go by ESPN on Wednesday:


NFL Reporter Ed Werder


NBA Reporter Marc Stein


NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer


NBA Insider Chad Ford


SportsCenter Anchor Jay Crawford


MLB Senior Writer Jayson Stark


ESPN Radio’s Danny Kanell


ESPNW Reporter Jane McManus


College Basketball Reporter Andy Katz


Reporter Britt McHenry


NFL Reporter Adam Caplan


College Football & Racing Announcer Allen Bestwick


SportsCenter Anchor Jaymee Sire


SportsCenter Anchor Chris Hassel


NCAA Football Analyst Mark May


Soccer Writer Doug McIntyre


NBA Writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss


Columnist Jim Caple


NFL Analyst Ashley Fox


ESPNU Producer Josh Parcell


NCAA Football Reporter David Lombardi


NHL Columnist Scott Burnside


Baseball Analyst Doug Glanville


Baseball Analysts Dallas Braden & Raul Ibanez


College Basketball Commentator Len Elmore


College Football Analyst Charles Arbuckle


ESPNU Anchor Brendan Fitzgerald


ESPN Los Angeles Host Jeff Biggs


SportsCenter Anchor Jade McCarthy


ESPN Chicago Columnist Melissa Isaacson


ESPN Radio’s Robin Lundberg


Investigative Reporter Shaun Assael


NBA Digital Content Director Henry Abbott


NCAA Sports Reporter Chantel Jennings


Legal Analyst Roger Cossack


SportsCenter Anchor Darren Haynes


NCAA Basketball Reporter Dana O’Neil


SEC Recruiting Analyst Derek Tyson


Columnist Johnette Howard


Golf Broadcaster Dottie Pepper
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Boxing TV Host Marysol Castro


Pac 12 Reporter Ted Miller


Los Angeles Dodgers Beat Writer Doug Padilla


Commentator Reese Waters


Writer Joe McDonald


Sports Betting Analyst Dave Tuley


NHL Columnist Pierre LeBrun


ESPN Dallas’ Jean-Jacques Taylor


Analytics Expert Rufus Peabody


NFL Contributor Jarrett Bell


NCAA Basketball Writer Eamonn Brennan


SEC Football Reporter David Ching


SEC Reporter Greg Ostendorf


NCAA Basketball Reporter C.L. Brown


Houston Rockets Reporter Calvin Watkins


New Orleans Pelicans Reporter Justin Verrier


Big Ten Reporter Jesse Temple


Baseball Analyst Jim Bowden


Senior Football Recruiting Writer Jeremy Crabtree


Big 12 Reporter Max Olson


Big Ten Reporter Austin Ward


Big Ten Reporter Brian Bennett


Baseball Writer Mark Saxon


Tennessee Titans Writer Paul Kuharsky


Soccer Writer Mike L. Goodman


Soccer Writer David Hirshey


Outside the Lines Reporter Tom Farrey


Outside the Lines Reporter Steve Delsohn


NCAA Football Reporter Brett McMurphy


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Doug Thomas

Re-hire them all and give walking papers to Stephen A. Smith

Anonymous

What are you trying to say? These are layoffs as far as I can tell.

Jukesgrrl

Yes, but do a Google search and practically every article about this situation is using the word “fired.” Firings are when you are let go for cause. Being disruptive, not doing one’s job. Mass layoffs are financially motivated, as Skipper’s poorly written letter stated. I feel bad when talented people are given the heave-ho. It’s happened to me, so I know what it feels like. But tell me one large corporation in this country that hasn’t, at some time or other, made serious adjustments to its workforce based on financial issues. Times change. The needs of a corporation change. This is not the same world it was when ESPN began and grew rapidly. They are losing viewers by the millions and trying to adjust.

JimmyJoe

Potayto, potahto…either way you’re left unemployed looking for another job and wondering how you will support your family. In some ways it’s actually worse to be laid off. If you’re fired you obviously did something wrong, but when you’re laid off it wasn’t your fault – it was poor planning and/or management.

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