ESPN’s for quite some time feared wave of cutbacks hit on Wednesday, and, as dreaded by those that had heard thunderings in Bristol, there were an incredible number of individuals that discovered they would no longer have employments with The Worldwide Leader.
The cutbacks come after ceaseless decay to ESPN’s supporter base, which has brought on a move in how the games media monster gets income — such a great amount of originated from link memberships — and adjust, as each outlet must, to the changing scene of how individuals expend news and data. The handfuls (and tallying) let go on Wednesday — with informal reports expressing upwards of 100 individuals might be out — were setbacks of that move.
ESPN’s authentic declaration of the cutbacks — which did not name names — incorporated an announcement by president John Skipper clarifying their new bearing.
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.
It’s an appalling indication of the whimsical way of the business, and not long after the announcement was discharged the declarations started as ESPN identities, columnists, authors, and others took to Twitter to report they were among the setbacks of the cutbacks. This is the rundown, starting at now, of individuals who have authoritatively reported, by means of their own Twitter accounts, that they have been laid off. There are others that have been accounted for, yet some of those reports have been off-base, and in such a sensitive circumstance, to the point that influences these individuals’ lives so incredibly, we won’t go off of any reports.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss