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ESPN Lays Off 100 Staffers, Including On-Air Talent

As ESPN’s financial struggles continue, the sports channel will shed 100 staffers, including on-air talent, network president John Skipper announced on Wednesday. “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly evaluating how we best utilize all of our resources, and that sometimes involves difficult decisions,” he wrote in a note to employees. “Dynamic change demands an increased focus on versatility and value, and as a result, we have been engaged in the challenging process of determining the talent—anchors, analysts, reporters, writers and those who handle play-by-play—necessary to meet those demands.” Though Skipper did not name specific staffers who’d be exiting, many of them took to Twitter to announce they’d gotten the fateful call—including MLB analyst Jim Bowden, college basketball reporter Dana O’Neil, NFL reporter Ed Werder, ESPNU anchor Brendan Fitzgerald, and college basketball writer Eamonn Brennan. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that some major personalities, including anchor Hannah Storm and Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech, will see their roles “significantly reduced.”