Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

ESPN's John Skipper just announced another 150 layoffs

ESPN's John Skipper just announced another 150 layoffs

Unlike that last round of cuts, this one was not expected to include prominent on-air personalities.

"Today we are informing approximately 150 people at ESPN that their jobs are being eliminated", president John Skipper wrote in a message to employees. "They will also appreciate your support".

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The bulk of the affected jobs are in studio productions, digital content and technology. Most of the 150 laid off staffers work behind the camera. The network pays $1.9 billion annually for "Monday Night Football" and another $1.4 billion for the National Basketball Association.

Deitsch reports the layoffs will "hit positions across the company including producers, executives and digital and technology staffers". ESPN let go of roughly 300 employees in October 2015 and laid off another 100- including well-known National Football League personalities and reporters such as John Clayton, Trent Dilfer and Ed Werder - in April.

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The latest cuts are due in part to changes in workforce needs as ESPN reallocates some resources for new ventures, including a forthcoming streaming service, according to a person familiar with the matter at ESPN who was not authorized to comment publicly. But ESPN is also locked into costly long-term TV deals with sports leagues. SportsCenter anchors Jaymee Sire, Jade McCarthy, and Jay Crawford lost their jobs during the first round of layoffs, and Lindsay Czarniak walked away in August when her contract expired after failing to agree on a role with ESPN.

It's been a tough year for ESPN, and for many employees, it's about to get much worse.

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