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PostPosted: 04/26/17 3:08 pm    ::: Layoffs at ESPN Reply Reply with quote

First off, from ESPN's page:

http://espnmediazone.com/us/john-skipper-message-espn-employees/

http://www.espnfrontrow.com/2017/04/espns-content-evolution-strategy/


From the New York Times...
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/sports/espn-layoffs.html?_r=0


From Sports Illustrated's website:
https://www.si.com/tech-media/2017/04/26/espn-layoffs-firings-list-details


From the Deadspin website...
http://deadspin.com/a-running-list-of-espn-layoffs-1794664091


I saw this coming from 2015, when the contracts of Bill Simmons, Keith Olbermann and Colin Cowherd were not renewed. And now this happens. Some sources have said that at least 100 ESPN employees were being let go.
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PostPosted: 04/26/17 10:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I skimmed through the articles.....didn't see any wbb names among them. Did I miss something?



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PostPosted: 04/27/17 6:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

wait. what? espn covers women sports?



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PostPosted: 04/27/17 1:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

List of ESPN employees who have been laid off (as of Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 PST), with italicized names being the people whose columns I read, whose analysis/commentary I listen to, and whose expertise I have valued over the years (as an ESPN viewer and as an ESPN Insider subscriber)

Pac 12 Reporter Ted Miller
NFL Analyst Trent Dilfer
Big Ten Reporter Brian Bennett
MLB Writer Jayson Stark
SEC Football Reporter David Ching
ESPNW Reporter Jane McManus
Big 12 Reporter Max Olson
Dodgers Reporter Doug Padilla
Columnist Johnette Howard
Radio Host Danny Kanell
College Basketball Reporter C.L. Brown
SEC Recruiting Analyst Derek Tyson
ESPN Dallas Columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor
College Basketball Writer Eamonn Brennan
College Football Recruiting Reporter Jeremy Crabtree
College Football Reporter Brett McMurphy
Baseball Reporter Mark Saxon
MLB Analyst Jim Bowden
Big Ten Football Reporter Austin Ward
Wisconsin and Big Ten Football Reporter Jesse Temple
Soccer Writer Mike Goodman
ESPNU Anchor Brendan Fitzgerald
College Basketball Reporter Dana O’Neil
NHL Columnist Pierre LeBrun
Hockey Writer Joe McDonald
NHL Columnist Scott Burnside
NFL Reporter Ed Werder
Titans Reporter Paul Kuharsky
Houston Rockets Reporter Calvin Watkins
ESPNW And ESPN Chicago Columnist Melissa Isaacson
SportsCenter Anchor Jay Crawford
NBA Reporter Ethan Sherwood Strauss
NFL Analyst Ashley Fox
College Basketball Analyst Len Elmore
Radio Host Robin Lundberg
New Orleans Pelicans Reporter Justin Verrier
Legal Analyst Roger Cossack
SportsCenter Anchor Jaymee Sire
SportsCenter Anchor Chris Hassel
Predictive Analytics Expert Rufus Peabody
College Sports Reporter Chantel Jennings
SEC Reporter Greg Ostendorf
Golf Commentator Dottie Pepper
MLB Analyst Doug Glanville
ESPNU Producer Josh Parcell
Soccer Writer David Hirshey
SportsCenter Anchor Darren Haynes
NFL Contributor Jarrett Bell
SportsCenter Anchor Jade McCarthy
Auto Racing and College Football Commentator Jerry Punch
Enterprise Reporter Tom Farrey
Sports Gambling Writer Dave Tuley
Premier Boxing Champions Host Marysol Castro
Correspondent Reese Waters
Soccer Writer Doug McIntyre
Reporter Britt McHenry
ESPN 710 Host Jeff Biggs
Outside the Lines Reporter Steve Delsohn
College Football Reporter David Lombardi
College Basketball Reporter Andy Katz
Columnist Jim Caple
College Football Analyst Charles Arbuckle
MLB Analyst Dallas Braden
MLB Analyst Raul Ibanez
MLB Analyst Doug Glanville


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PostPosted: 04/27/17 2:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
List of ESPN employees who have been laid off (as of Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 PST)...[snip]...
SportsCenter Anchor Jaymee Sire...


Please come back to CSN Bay Area (now NBC Sports Bay Area), Jaymee! She left there for her ESPN job after the 2012 World Series.


Quote:
MLB Analyst Dallas Braden


Braden, a former pitcher with the Oakland A's, had already been doing work at A's telecasts this season.



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PostPosted: 04/27/17 9:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

If I ever watched ESPN for anything other than a WBB game, it's been so long ago that I don't remember. Now that they have streaming for just about all games in which I'm interested, I never watch the channel.

Same for 90+% of all the channels I get from my ripoff cable provider.

Trying to fill 24 hours with sports content must produce a lot of boring crap.

Growing up in NYC, we got seven channels for free, beamed from the Empire State Building, with a rabbit ears antenna. It was more than enough content. Test patterns could be contemplative if not addictive.
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PostPosted: 04/27/17 9:57 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

scullyfu wrote:
wait. what? espn covers women sports?


More than anyone else does



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PostPosted: 04/28/17 4:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

GlennMacGrady wrote:
Now that they have streaming for just about all games in which I'm interested, I never watch the channel..


Uh oh, I hope they don't do away with their ESPN 360 coverage of college sports. That app has so many games you can't watch them all. I couldn't believe it when I first saw how many games were available on a particular day. I don't know how they can afford to broadcast some of them as they were broadcasting mid-major games, and some of the games seemed below "mid-major".


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PostPosted: 04/28/17 6:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

tfan wrote:
I don't know how they can afford to broadcast some of them as they were broadcasting mid-major games, and some of the games seemed below "mid-major".


The rights are pretty cheap, and they often use local feeds so the production costs are minimal.



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