Et Cetera of Sports Media#13- Major Layoffs & Cuts @ ESPN

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Starting Last Wednesday & almost daily since then up to 100 On Air/Reporters has been let go by the World Wide Leader as we list the names below & at the Top some rumored names also. Thanks to Ken Fang’s from Awful Announcing for updating the information from this dark day at ESPN.

ESPN is still reeling from previous cuts that occurred in 2015, an estimated 350 behind-the-scenes people were let go in that round.

Also was the news that ESPN would be moving production of ESPNU studio shows to Bristol from Charlotte.

Rumored: From Ed Werder that Merril Hoge & Ron Jaworski is out at ESPN also, when it is confirmed we will place it in the confirmed list.

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Also Below these anchors/hosts has been rumored to have their roles reduced-

Karl Ravech (SC/BBTN anchor/MLB pxp)

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Ryen Russillo (ESPN Radio host)

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Hannah Storm (SC anchor)

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome “The Bus” Bettis confirmed Sporting News’ exclusive story that he’s out at ESPN.

While not directly addressing the layoffs at ESPN, the likable Bettis on Monday thanked the network for his four years.

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A special thank you to my @espn family for giving me a platform to share my passion for football..

ESPN has also parted ways with play-by-play voice Dave O’Brien after being with ESPN for 15 Years

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ESPN the Magazine writer Shaun Assael

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Adam Brandt- Hoped to make ESPN viewers smarter, take them behind curtain of sports biz/law, for 6 years. Chapter ends, more ahead. Grateful to so many.

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Adam Caplan‏

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My time with ESPN has come to an end due layoffs…


Updated- SportsCenter Anchor Sara Walsh has been let go ESPN


It looks like Henry Abbott, blogging pioneer and founder of the True Hoop network, has been let go of.

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Ace NBA reporter Marc Stein is on his way out, as well.

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Informed I’m among ESPN’s layoffs. But basketball, as they say, never stops. To readers/viewers/listeners/countless colleagues … grateful

In a Facebook tribute to Abbott, ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton seemed to reveal that fellow NBA writer David Thorpe has also been laid off.

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It appears NBA Draft guru Chad Ford is out too.

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NASCAR and college football commentator Allen Bestwick.

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With thanks to all who checked on me, I was also on “the list”.


As Awful Announcing reported, college football analyst Mark May has been laid off.

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Mark May on Arizona Cardinals flagship program said he was fired by ESPN as well. Said he didn’t see it coming.


Suzy Kolber confirmed that NFL insider Phil Savage had been laid off on Friday’s edition of NFL Insiders:


ESPNFC’s Doug McIntyre:

Andy Katz also released a statement confirming his departure:

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Britt McHenry announced her last assignment for ESPN would be the NFL Draft:

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Staying on the NFL Draft as my last assignment. Grateful for 3 years at ESPN. My colleagues became best friends & I’ll cherish that the most

Radio host Jeff Biggs announced his layoff on Wednesday night:

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Sad to announce that my nearly 6 year run is done at ESPN L.A. It was truly a blessing. All part of God’s plan. I’m excited for what’s next.

Tennessee Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky.

Knew cuts were coming. Sad to say nine great years at ESPN end for me in July. Please stay tuned to @Midday180.

Long-time NFL reporter Ed Werder was among the first on Wednesday to announce that he was being let go.

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After 17 years reporting on , I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire

NHL columnist Scott Burnside confirmed he was part of the layoffs, as were reporter Joe McDonald and NHL reporter Pierre LeBrun.

After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.

After nearly eight years of covering the NHL, MLB and the NFL at ESPN, it’s time for the next chapter in my career.

Well folks, as you can tell by my new Twitter handle, I was also among the cuts today at ESPN.

College basketball reporter Dana O’Neil was let go.

Add me to the list. Just got the ‘call.’ I’ve been informed my contract will not be renewed at ESPN.

ESPNU anchor Brendan Fitzgerald.

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I was treated great by during my 3 years. Time to find out what’s next. Will miss all the great people I worked with!

Soccer writer Mike Goodman.

Today’s gonna suck for a lot of people at ESPN. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask to remember that those people are in fact people.

And hey, it turns out one of those people is me. Loved my time at ESPN, and now it’s time to figure out what’s next.

Austin Ward, Big Ten reporter:

I’ve been informed that I’m no longer employed at ESPN. Greatly enjoyed covering the B1G, and will immediately try to find a new challenge!

Jesse Temple who covered Wisconsin and the Big Ten:

Like other colleagues, I’ve been informed I am no longer working for ESPN. This is a crummy day, but I’ll never stop pursuing my passion.

MLB reporter Mark Saxon:

Well, I’m a free agent. I learned a lot in eight years with ESPN and benefitted from being around a lot of smart people

MLB insider Jim Bowden:

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I feel blessed & privileged to have worked @ESPN and most importantly work w/ so many great people.Thank you. I look forward to what’s next

College football reporter Brett McMurphy:

After 5 great years, I’ve been laid off by ESPN. It was a tremendous opportunity & I enjoyed working w/a lot of really, really good people

College football reporter Jeremy Crabtree:

Six years ago, made most difficult decision ever made leaving@Rivals to come to @ESPN. Even after being laid off today, I don’t regret it.

College basketball columnist Eamonn Brennan:

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Bad news morning. I loved every bit of my eight years at ESPN and will miss it, and so many friends and colleagues there, profoundly.

Voiceover talent Dan Sharfin:

After 8 incredible years, I’ve been laid off by @espn. If @FOXSportswants to scoop me up and pay me money without looking into it so be it.

ESPN Dallas reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor:

It’s ironic ESPN laid me off the same day as my first partner on the cowboys @Edwerderespn. I haven’t been a FA in forever. This shud be fun

SEC recuiting analyst Derek Tyson:

After 5 incredible years, I was laid off today by ESPN. I met & worked w/ some great people & I am very grateful to ESPN for the opportunity

Noted Big Ten reporter for, Brian Bennett:

Like far too many other ESPN colleagues today, I’ve been laid off. Enjoyed nine great years here. Thanks for reading and following along. columnist Johnette Howard:

I just found out I’m among the layoffs at ESPN today. Enjoyed my eight years there immensely. Looking forward to what’s next.

Dodgers writer Doug Padilla:

Rough day. Just learned I will no longer be covering the Dodgers. Enjoyed my 7 years at ESPN. On to the next chapter.

College football analyst and ESPN Radio co-host Danny Kanell has been let go:

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Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go “all in” 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes

Big 12 writer Max Olson:

I got laid off by ESPN today after an amazing 5+ years. I’ve been unbelievably fortunate. Better days ahead.

College basketball writer C.L. Brown got word while he was on vacation:

Landed in Madrid. Turned on phone 1st time all vacation. Got texts asking if job was safe. Found out it was not. Enjoyed my 4 years, ESPN. writer and Sports Reporters panelist Jane McManus:

Super Bowls, The Trifecta and stories like the one up now are the moments I’ll take with me into free agency starting tomorrow.

Long-time MLB writer and Baseball Tonight contributor Jayson Stark:

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For 17 yrs I’ve had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!

NFL analyst Trent Dilfer is one of higher profile cuts:

Laid off by ESPN today.Although sad cause I loved my job, mostly filled w/gratitude & appreciation for the 9 years

SEC football reporter David Ching:

College football writer Ted Miller:

Started at ESPN in 2008, but my tenure ended today. Worked w/ some great folks who are now friends. Onward to new challenges.

SportsCenter anchor and former Cold Pizza co-host Jay Crawford:

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After 14 wonderful years my time at espn is over. From Cold Pizza to First Take to SC I made more friends than I can name. Forever grateful!

Basketball writer Ethan Strauss:

So, I am no longer with ESPN, as of today. I want to thank all the great people I’ve worked with and, of course, the readers + listeners

Long-time college basketball Len Elmore is gone:

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Gee, I feel like I am now part of an exclusive club. . For 21 yrs. I tried to represent the best in college hoops. Adios Bristol!

Chicago-based columnist Melissa Issacson:

Sorry to get the call from ESPN this a.m., but grateful for my eight years there and trying to positively look ahead.

Calvin Watkins who covered the Houston Rockets and at one time wrote for the old ESPN Dallas site:

After seven great years at ESPN I’ve been let go. Much respect to all the people.

NFL analyst Ashley Fox:

I had a great 6+ years at ESPN, but it’s over. I will badly miss all the talented folks there, many of whom I call dear friends.

NBA writer Justin Verrier:

No longer at ESPN. Thank you to everyone who read and supported me throughout my 9 years there. Means more than you can know.

Producer Josh Parcell:

When I was 5 years old my teacher told me I’d work at ESPN one day. I did. Today that dream ended. Thankful for the time I had. More to come

Radio host Robin Lundberg:

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Today was my last day on air at ESPN Radio. On to the next…I’ll let everyone know what that is when I do.

Pac-12 reporter Chantel Jennings:

Like many others, I got the call today from ESPN that today would be my last with them. A few parting words: 

Anchor Chris Hassel:

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Debate is over. Losing your iPhone is worse than losing your job. If I lost my iPhone, how could I post about how I lost my job today?

Analytics expert Rufus Peabody:

Just found out ESPN is not renewing my contract for next fb season. Learned a lot and had a lot of fun! Grateful to ESPN for the opportunity

SportsCenter AM anchor Jaymee Sire:

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I was only at ESPN for 4 years, but they were some of the best of my career. Thanks to all of the fans and to my entire SportsCenterAM crew.

Golf analyst Dottie Pepper:

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SEC reporter Greg Ostendorf:

Growing up, working for ESPN was the dream. Today was my last day after 5+ years, but I feel blessed to have gotten this opportunity.

Tom Farrey of Outside the Lines:

Got the call. Moving on from @espn. Grateful for 21 yrs w/great people, building rep of @OTLonESPN. It’s time, w/@AspenInstSportsgrowing.

Boxing and Invictus Games host Marysol Castro:

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What a fast but wonderful ride. 2 yrs flew by @espn. Thx for the opportunities & wonderful friendships. I’ll miss it. On to the next one.

Radio host and correspondent Reese Waters:

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ESPN gave me the light and it’s time to leave stage. Sincere gratitude to those who were so kind and supportive. Sorry for the mess I made.

Long-time reporter Dr. Jerry Punch:

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So blessed! 30yrs as host,pxp,reporter in NASCAR,indycar, CFB,& CBB. Many drivers,owners,crew,coaches & fans, lifetime friends. Thank u ESPN

Legal analyst Roger Cossack:

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Time to go. Thanks to ESPN for allowing me to be their legal analyst for 13 years. Made great friends and have wonderful memories.

Sports betting writer Dave Tuley:

Somewhere sports bettors cheer and somewhere dirty cops get payoffs
but there’s no joy in ViewFromVegas Nation — I’m among the ESPN layoffs

ESPNFC writer David Hirshey (via Will Leitch):

Sources*: ESPN has ended David Hirshey’s run as ESPNFC soccer writer. Add him to your running lists. (*Source is David Hirshey.)

SportsCenter anchor and NFL host Jade McCarthy:

Proud of my time at ESPN-Proud of the great ppl there & those like me w a future elsewhere-Proud to soon be mom of 3 w a bright career ahead

Jarrett Bell, who contributed to NFL Insiders and other NFL shows

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It’s my birthday! And also the day to learn that my side gig @ESPN has come to an end. Great experience. So many classy people to thank.

SportsCenter anchor Darren M. Haynes

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What an amazing ride at ESPN!! God has blessed me with more than I could ever imagine. 🙏🏾

On Wednesday Night Baseball, Jon Sciambi said Doug Glanville, who appeared on game broadcasts and also wrote for, had been laid off.

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College football analyst Charles Arbuckle wrote about losing his job on his Facebook page:

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On Baseball Tonight, host Karl Ravech revealed that ESPN had let go of analysts Dallas Braden and Raul Ibañez:

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 senior writer Jim Caple did not make an official announcement, but replied to a tweet informing that indeed he was laid off as well:

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Play-by-play man David Lombardi was also let go:

Working at ESPN was a dream, grateful to have lived it. Now time to reach the next one. Thanks to so many. Got to work with some of the best

Richard Deitsch tweeted that Steve Delsohn of Outside the Lines was leaving:

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The excellent reporter @sdelsohnespn reached out to say his ESPN contract is not being renewed. A quality journo.


To bring this post to a close that will be updated is Scott Van Belt One Big Thing about his Laid-off ESPN Colleagues.


We will be back soon with another Et Cetera of Sports Media with the Fallout of this cuts & hopefully better Sports Media News.


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