ESPN Layoffs: Over 100 Employees Fired
Instead of reporting it, ESPN became the news Wednesday.
The Disney-owned network, which bills itself as "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," laid off roughly 100 employees, including well-known and respected reporters and on-air personalities such as Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer, Andy Katz, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark and Jay Crawford in a move that had been rumored for weeks.
While it was infinitely harder for those whose livelihoods were snatched from them, it also impacted those left to fly the flag for the network without the skill and wisdom of their former colleagues. On a day filled with social media banter and hot takes on the future of the sports journalism juggernaut, several prominent ESPN figures such as "Outside the Lines" host Bob Ley addressed the issue on live television.
Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, hosts of "The Six" (their version of the 6 p.m. ET "SportsCenter"), took more than five minutes of their hour-long show to share their thoughts.
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