ESPN Is Laying Off About 100 People Today [Here’s A Updating List of Those Who Have Said They Are Out]

It’s ‘black Wednesday’ at ESPN today, as the “World Wide Leader in Sports” is laying off around 100 people, according to Richard Deitsch and John Ourand. This number is a bit higher than the 40 people that had been originally anticipated.

The network put out a statement saying, in part, that “given how fans’ habits are changing, our focus continues to be providing high-quality, distinctive content at any minute of the day on any screen.”

SportsCenter has been evolving into being more personality-driven, and the tea leaves in ESPN’s statement indicate that they are going to be focusing their web site and app increasingly more heavily on video than writing. Along with that, two of ESPN’s most popular journalism brands — Outside the Lines and E:60— will relaunch with an emphasis on increased collaboration and a larger presence digitally, socially and across all our screens.

ESPN President John Skipper also put out a note to employees.

As has been well documented, in addition to shifting consumer content desires ESPN has been hit with heavy subscriber losses in recent years — every subscriber loss for ESPN and ESPN2 adds up to about $100 per year — and their rights fees for the NFL and NBA broadcasts have gone up substantially. ESPN is still quite profitable, but those increased costs and decreasing revenue mean the money is not flowing at the levels it was four or five years ago.

When anyone loses their job it sucks. We wish everybody impacted by the decisions today the best in finding their new path in the sports media.

UPDATE: A Updating List of Those Who Have Said They Are Out

Doug Glanville, Dallas Braden, and Raúl Ibañez are all among the cuts at ESPN. While none of the three has commented publicly (Braden ominously shared a famous scene from Half Baked), Buster Olney mentioned their names in his goodbyes at the beginning of today’s Baseball Tonight podcast. Olney also gave shoutouts to Jayson Stark, and the writers Doug Padilla and Jim Caple.

As THR notes, Hannah Storm, Ryen Russillo, and Karl Ravech will all see their roles “significantly reduced.” The story also says that longtime SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross, whose deal was coming up, will also be out (and now they amend that to say they are unsure).

We will update this post throughout the week.

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