ESPN has been slashing staff to the bone today. With a number of big name reporters, television personalities and anchors being let go, the worldwide leader in sports appears to be due for a makeover in the most unfortunate way.
While closing todays afternoon edition of Outside the Lines, Bob Ley addressed the layoffs head on, and expressed his remorse for the well-being of his friends and former coworkers.
Certainly a classy and respectful move on the part of Ley. With such big names being cut today, other networks and news outlets have likely already begun to reach out to them.
Among those who have been let go thus far are NFL reporter Ed Werder, Jayson Stark, and longtime host Jay Crawford.
Apparently, ESPN is looking to refocus its business model to appeal to the digital age. It appears the death of cable is upon us, and hub of sports entertainment hasn’t been immune. They’ve seen steady decrease in overall viewership, and are looking to refocus their efforts. An unfortunate casualty of digital age, our favorite sports personalities are now on the prowl for another job.