ESPN To Lay Off 150 People In Latest Round Of Cuts
Bahahahaha! Remember when ESPN was just a sports network, MTV showed music videos, and CNN was only news? They lost 100K subscribers just in the last month.
Seven months after ESPN cut more than 100 employees, the sports network is making another round of cuts, this one bigger.
It seems that ESPN cannot stop losing in the wake of outraged fans that just want to watch football and escape with a distraction from the politics-driven world we find ourselves in today.
As reported by The Gateway Pundit this week, it’s not only ESPN feeling the pain but the NFL, too. Empty seats continue to plague the NFL as we pass week 12 of the season due to the obtuse protests and demonstrations of players taking a knee during the U.S. anthem.
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The news today, announced by ESPN President John Skipper, brings the total number of laid-off employees to about 250 total for 2017. Is it any wonder more layoffs came when beloved ESPN anchor, Scott Van Pelt, turned political and injected partisanship needlessly into his platform?
Speaking of the employees hit in the latest layoffs, John Skipper said:
We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services
Reportedly, the employees who were laid off worked in “studio production, digital content, and technology”. Skipper said that ESPN plans to invest in a way to “best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business”.
If Skipper were being honest about “serving the modern sports fan”, he would understand that ESPN viewers do not want shoehorned politics in their sports talk. ESPN would do better to avoid anything political and focus on their namesake…
ESPN hasn’t had the greatest year, with numerous scandals plaguing the network. Read more at TGP.
NY Post: The latest round of ESPN layoffs has arrived.
On Wednesday, network president John Skipper confirmed 150 staffers would be terminated, after cutting about 100 staffers in late April. The news of layoffs was expected, but it is surprising that on-air talent does not appear to be among the ones getting let go.
The statement from Skipper to ESPN employees:
Today we are informing approximately 150 people at ESPN that their jobs are being eliminated.
We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services. They will also appreciate your support. More