Post by Darth Onyx on Apr 26, 2017 13:30:52 GMT -5
Jane McManus is out, too. Hope Kay Fagan and Sarah Spain don't follow.
Most of the personalities and talent I like are so far untouched besides Jayson Stark. But some of these layoffs are pretty shocking considering how long some of them have been front and center at ESPN, like Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jay Crawford, everyone involved with Hockey (except Barry Melrose apparently?), and others.
Hope they're all able to get new jobs sooner than later. Layoffs are terrible and I don't take any pleasure in anyone losing their job for no real fault of their own.
Layoffs suck, but they hired WAY too many people to begin with. Why does a discussion needs ten people around a table?
It comes down to a few things: cord cutting, overbidding on sports programming, hiring too many people.
Let NBC get Tennis. ESPN is paying $100 million per year to air Wimbledon and the US Open.
They're paying the NFL $15 billion for the NFL rights.
Not to mention the mini-deals with the football and basketball conferences. I believe all told they are paying $5 billion in programming fees per year. It's insane. NBC has hockey and the premier league, Turner has basketball and Sunday afternoon baseball, Fox Sports has baseball and other stuff but the point I'm trying to make is instead of trying to shut down the competition, let the other networks "in" on the programming.
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With Kannell no more and Russillo in a reduced role, I would guess their radio and TV show together is completely scrapped. Too bad because I liked it. Hopefully there's something good on 1-4 on ESPNNEWS going forward, maybe just the same thing with 2 other people.