Yahoo Finance-ESPN will cut more than 100 employees today, Yahoo Finance has learned.
That number is much bigger than the 40-50 that was initially reported. ESPN aims to notify all of the people today, if it can do so.
It has been widely reported for weeks that big cuts are coming to ESPN—so widely reported, and dissected, and gossiped about, in fact, that ESPN moved up its schedule and is notifying people earlier than it originally planned.
The 100 people getting cut are all “on-air talent,” a label ESPN uses for TV personalities, radio hosts, and writers who regularly appear on TV and radio. (ESPN says it has 1,000 such people, prior to these cuts.)
In addition to those 100, a “limited number of other positions will also be affected,” according to a note sent to all employees on Wednesday morning from ESPN president John Skipper.

Update: Shitty day for a lot of ESPN personalities. It was rumored that as many as fifty on-air talents were getting the boot. Earlier today, the world learned that number would double (list Below).  ESPN has not been not been able to tap into the way modern society views content. With viewership down and an archaic programming schedule, President John Kipper looks to focus on changing the way that ESPN delivers content.

Honestly, I think the decline in ESPN’s viewership will continue. It’s more of a culture issue than it is content delivery. Yea, we have smart phones, facebook and twitter, but garbage is garbage no matter how it is delivered.

I miss the days of Stuart Scott and Scott Van Pelt.  Van Pelt (still with the company) and Scott (in a better place R.I.P.) were organic and hilarious while also delivering highlights and stories of the day in sports. They had a great chemistry and didn’t have to curb opinions. Those days are long.

 

List Per Variety.com

General

“SportsCenter” anchor Jay Crawford
ESPNU anchor Brendan Fitzgerald
“SportsCenter” anchor Chris Hassel
Columnist Johnette Howard
Columnist Melissa Isaacson
Radio host Danny Kanell
Radio host Robin Lundberg
Columnist Jane McManus
“SportsCenter” anchor Jaymee Sire
Correspondent Reese Waters

MLB

MLB analyst Jim Bowden
Dodgers peporter Doug Padilla
MLB writer Jayson Stark
Baseball reporter Mark Saxon

NBA

New Orleans Pelicans reporter Justin Verrier
Houston Rockets’ reporter Calvin Watkins
NBA reporter Ethan Sherwood Strauss

NFL

NFL analyst Trent Dilfer
NFL analyst Ashley Fox
NFL reporter Ed Werder

NHL

NHL columnist Scott Burnside
NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun
Hockey writer Joe McDonald

College sports

Big Ten reporter Brian Bennett
College basketball writer Eamonn Brennan
College basketball reporter C.L. Brown
SEC football reporter David Ching
College football recruiting reporter Jeremy Crabtree
College basketball analyst Len Elmore
College sports reporter Chantel Jennings
College football reporter Brett McMurphy
Pac 12 reporter Ted Miller
Big 12 reporter Max Olson
College basketball reporter Dana O’Neil
SEC Reporter Greg Ostendorf
Predictive analytics expert Rufus Peabody
Big Ten football reporter Jesse Temple
SEC recruiting analyst Derek Tyson
Big Ten football reporter Austin Ward

Miscellaneous

Boxing host Marysol Castro
Legal analyst Roger Cossack
Enterprise reporter Tom Farrey
Soccer writer Mike Goodman
Golf commentator Dottie Pepper
Auto racing commentator Dr. Jerry Lee Punch
Sports gambling writer Dave Tuley
ESPN Dallas columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor