LIST: ESPN lays off around 100 employees


ESPN is laying off some 100 employees from the ranks of its on-air talent and writers, reducing their numbers by about 10 percent.  ESPN has been dealing financially with paying rising fees to broadcast live sports events at the same time as cord-cutting viewers have been dropping the channel, with Nielsen estimates showing that ESPN has lost about 10 million subscribers over the past six years.

Among those who were told they were being laid off yesterday (April 26th) were:

  • Former athletes Len Elmore and Danny Kanell,
  • Trent Dilfer, NFL analyst
  • Longtime MLB reporter Jayson Stark
  • Longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder 
  • Brett McMurphy, who broke a lot of college football news
  • SportsCenter anchors Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel and Jay Crawford
  • Host/anchor Marysol Castro
  • Soccer writer at ESPN FC David Hirshey’s
  • SEC reporter Greg Ostendorf
  • Former MLB player and longtime analyst Doug Glanville/
  • Anchor Darren Hayes
  • Anchor Jade McCarthy
  • Enterprise reporter Tom Farrey
  • Jane McManus, who wrote about a variety of subjects
  • Golf analyst Dottie Pepper
  • Justin Verrier, who covered the New Orleans Pelicans
  • Chantel Jennings, from the Pac-12 beat
  • Jean-Jacques Taylor, who covered all things Dallas
  • Ashley Fox covered the NFL for “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines”
  • Calvin Watkins, on the NBA and Houston Rockets beat
  • Former Nationals general manager Jim Bowden
  • NBA reporter Ethan Strauss
  • Columnist Johnette Howard
  • ESPNW columnist Melissa Isaacson
  • ESPN NHL columnists Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside and writer Joe McDonald
  • Longtime college basketball writer Dana O’Neil
  • Data-driven gambling expert Rufus Peabody
  • College basketball writer Eamonn Brennan
  • College basketball reporter C.L. Brown
  • Austin Ward, Jesse Temple and Brian Bennett, who all covered the Big Ten
  • Max Olson, who covered the Big 12
  • David Ching, from the SEC/LSU beat
  • College football writer Ted Miller, who covered the Pac-12
  • Jeremy Crabtree and Derek Tyson, who covered recruiting
  • Jarrett Bell, who helped with NFL coverage
  • Paul Kuharsky, who covered the Tennessee Titans for
  • ESPN Insider soccer writer Mike L. Goodman
  • Longtime legal analyst Roger Cossack
  • Baseball writer Mark Saxon, who covered the Cardinals
  • Dodgers beat reporter Doug Padilla
  • ESPN radio host Robin Lundberg
  • ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald 
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