Six months after ESPN laid off more than 100 employees, staffers at the sports network are preparing for another round of massive firings.
The “worldwide leader in sports” is reportedly planning to terminate 40-60 employees and the layoffs could come as soon as late November or early December, sources told Sporting News. (RELATED: Trump Trashes ESPN, Demands An Apology)
The last round of firings did away with popular on-air personalities like Ed Werder and Danny Kanell, well-respected writers and others. According to Sporting News sources, the approaching wave of layoffs will be similar, in that nobody is necessarily safe.
“This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source said.
“I see (ESPN) going down a path where they have less staff–and hire more production companies to provide programs and fill air time,” another source added.
It’s no secret that ESPN, which has dominated sports coverage in the United States for decades, is on the decline and many believe it’s a cause of their increasing political influence. (RELATED: ESPN Talk Dominates The White House Press Briefing)
ESPN is yet to comment on the rumored wave of firings on its way, but if it ends up happening it’s only further proof that the network is in a state of decline.