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"Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« on: April 26, 2017, 09:01:27 AM »
Lots of layoffs coming today, mostly front-facing people.

Confirmed so far:

Ed Werden, NFL reporter
https://twitter.com/Edwerderespn/status/857225944221831168

Scott Burnside, NHL reporter
https://twitter.com/OvertimeScottB

Dana O'Neil, College hoops reporter
https://twitter.com/ESPNDanaOneil
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2017, 09:30:55 AM »
Pierre LeBrun too. With him and Burnside, that's a major cut to NHL coverage
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2017, 09:32:05 AM »
Wow. 100 people

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/layoffs-hit-espn-as-network-sheds-air-talent-997616

Deitsch & Miller have both been talking about layoffs coming for weeks, so it didn't sneak up on anyone. But it still sucks when you see the names come across the wire
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2017, 09:35:15 AM »
John Buccigross - another hockey stalwart
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 09:42:50 AM »
So what's the scoop on why?
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 09:44:10 AM »
"45 minutes of pooping Tribbles being juggled by a drunken Horta would be better than Season 1 of TNG." - SirAndrewD

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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 09:45:18 AM »
http://deadspin.com/a-running-list-of-espn-layoffs-1794664091


So what's the scoop on why?

Money.  They spent a shit-ton of money bidding against themselves for on-air rights to games (esp NFL and NBA) and with subscribers cutting the cord on cable, they're not expanding at a ridiculous rate like they used to, so Disney (corporate parent) is wanting to see payroll come down to help balance things out.
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 09:47:36 AM »
John Buccigross - another hockey stalwart

apparently they're now 'walking back' on Buccigross and he's not out
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 09:48:11 AM »
wanting to see payroll come down to help balance things out

and therefore dropping show/production quality and losing more subscribers....
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 09:52:09 AM »
wanting to see payroll come down to help balance things out

and therefore dropping show/production quality and losing more subscribers....

They've been hemorrhaging subscribers for the past few years. The payroll dumps were inevitable.
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 09:59:52 AM »
wanting to see payroll come down to help balance things out

and therefore dropping show/production quality and losing more subscribers....

They've been hemorrhaging subscribers for the past few years. The payroll dumps were inevitable.

Next they'll outsource to China and India.

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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 10:00:39 AM »
ESPN needs to disconnect from cable themselves. I think they would be better served with independent streaming services that folks could subscribe to without a cable subscription. Maybe not. I am not qualified to run the numbers. I was ESPNless for a bit until I signed up for Sling TV. I missed it a bit but not enough to pay my cable company for way more channels than I need just to get ESPN channels.

The bottom line is you can watch a buttload of sports without ESPN. Or I don't mind watching some games after the fact on WatchESPN.
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 10:09:26 AM »
DQ, that's assuming enough people could get fast enough internet access that isn't capped.
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Re: "Bloody" Day at ESPN today
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2017, 10:10:15 AM »
A bunch of college football reporters getting whacked.
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