ESPN Layoffs: List of Confirmed Fired Employees


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

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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