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ESPN to experience massive layoffs of on air talent

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03-06-2017, 07:38 PM
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And its parent company, Disney? The movies and parks are paying the difference on the bottom line.



Melrose is occasional guest on SXM shows. Buccigross has been doing some NCAA hockey pxp.

What about Linda Cohn? Might she be targeted in layoffs as well?


She would not go quietly.

ESPN just pays obscene amounts for talent - Curt Schilling was being paid over $2 million a year which he lost because he couldn't stop tweeting.

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Fox is losing every ratings time slot and laying off people left and right....they're the joke of the industry.

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I don't even know their names, but the two idiots ESPN just gave a show to are hated and ignored by 95% of viewers. It's the two younger-ish black individuals, one female and one male. They suck. And ESPN just gave them a show....so I fail to see them righting the ship any time soon.

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I don't even know their names, but the two idiots ESPN just gave a show to are hated and ignored by 95% of viewers. It's the two younger-ish black individuals, one female and one male. They suck. And ESPN just gave them a show....so I fail to see them righting the ship any time soon.
They have been on the air since 2011 - they are not going anywhere.

http://www.latimes.com/business/holl...205-story.html

I am hearing they plan to close the ESPN studio in Los Angeles which was created mainly for Bill Simmons.

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They have been on the air since 2011 - they are not going anywhere.

http://www.latimes.com/business/holl...205-story.html

I am hearing they plan to close the ESPN studio in Los Angeles which was created mainly for Bill Simmons.
Hope that doesn't mean the end of SportsCenter late night and hope that doesn't mean Verrett and Everitt are gone because they're two of the good ones.

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Colin Cowherd has been saying this will happen for months. I wonder how many more ESPN guys are destined for Fox.
NBC? What about CBS?

Unclear how many will find new jobs at other networks. (IOW how many jobs are open/made.)

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I stopped watching ESPN because they don't even talk about sports anymore. The product has been bad for some time now so this shouldn't be much of a surprise.

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Melrose is terrible. Bucci isn't that good either.
Bucci is ten times better than any host on the NHL Network, especially that annoying hack Tony Luftman. Maybe they can make a trade, Luftman would fit right in on ESPN.

Melrose used to be better but I would still take him as an analyst over mumblers like Dave Reid, Bill Lindsay or Scott Gomez.(or Roenick on NBC)

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I echo the comments about politics. I watch sports to get away from things such as politics but ESPN loves to include them in broadcasts. I canceled the Direct TV package that I had that included ESPN.

Also:

NBC is paying $200 Million a year to the NHL

Turner and ESPN are paying $2.6 Billion a year to the NBA.

I would have to imagine NBC could not be happier with how things worked out especially having big US markets having success.

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http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2017/...5991488847625/

ESPN trying to cut $250m from budget.

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ESPN has been trash since like 2010. Glad to see their stuff tank. Everyone thought journalism would go away, but in my opinion its only gotten bigger recently because of how bad ESPN and that stuff has been. Get all your news off twitter.

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Wonder what it means for some of their websites.

Could see ESPNW getting the axe, along with the reporters.

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Also it would be nice if they discovered there are other sports besides basketball and football.
ESPN - and especially ESPN Radio in NYC - is little more than a promotional wing for basketball. Back when the DFS were investing heavily, that was part of the heavy rotation, too. Clearly ESPN is all about promoting its sponsors, rather than sports.

No wonder its going underwater.

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Reading the comments here of sports fans who were previous customers and watched ESPN and now avoid the network like a plague, you have to wonder if management even cares if they alienate their target audience.

My business couldn't survive if I did the same.

Take away the bundled subscriber model and ESPN will sink even further.

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Only talk show worth keeping is Pardon The Interruption.
Tony Kornheiser is treading into chucklehead territory for me.

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Today, its The Ridiculousness Channel.

And Viacom wants to rebrand Spike instead.

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How many years will it take for these cable TV giants to be slain and we can get all of our entertainment content through a web-based service?
Soon, but it all it means is the providers like Spectrum will simply raise the price for internet service.

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I stopped watching ESPN many years ago, with the exception of some of their 30-for-30's. I don't watch basketball, have little interest in college football. For the most part, the only time I watch MNF is if the Giants are playing. So, I could care less. When I have time to watch highlights in the morning, I will watch NHL, NFL, and MLB network instead. I think the emergence of those channels is also hurting their viewership. Really, all of these new sports stations. When I first moved out of my parents house, my cable package had ESPN, ESPN2, FSNY, YES, MSG. That's it. Now, I probably have about 40 sports channels. Big 10 Network, CBS, NBCS, etc.

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Hope that doesn't mean the end of SportsCenter late night and hope that doesn't mean Verrett and Everitt are gone because they're two of the good ones.
Last night would continue but in Bristol and who knows if the talent would move east.

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It's really sad. There was a time when I could turn on ESPN and watch all day. Now, outside of live sports it is pretty much completely unwatchable for me
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ESPN - and especially ESPN Radio in NYC - is little more than a promotional wing for basketball. Back when the DFS were investing heavily, that was part of the heavy rotation, too. Clearly ESPN is all about promoting its sponsors, rather than sports.
From a consumer standpoint, you put these two posts together and you get the story of ESPN's downfall.

In the 90s it was must-watch TV and a cultural touchstone for sports fans. It morphed into a 24/7 commercial for its own product. Just an awful, unwatchable channel outside of its live event broadcasts. No surprise to see it finally beginning to implode.

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ESPN has a hedge against some of their rights fees in the future if the current bundle cable distribution changes and can reneogatite some of the deals ( The NFL and MLB are not exempt but the NBA is )

This is why ESPN has not big heavily for the World Cup and Olympics as FIFA and the IOC fon't give discounts.

In Boston ESPN Radio is totally ignored and they are on a 50,000 watt AM station.

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They will probably get rid of agong female anchors and reporters like Chris McKendry and Linda Cohn. Then again, that has age discrimination lawsuit written all over it.
They better not get rid of Linda Cohn, she's great and a huge hockey fan. Her, Buccigross, Steve Levy and maybe another anchor or two on ESPN always make sarcastic remarks about the terrible hockey coverage. They have, maybe had now, too many years and notoriety to get in trouble for calling out their own company. I always loved it though, but with that said ESPN has become a joke.


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They have been on the air since 2011 - they are not going anywhere.

http://www.latimes.com/business/holl...205-story.html

I am hearing they plan to close the ESPN studio in Los Angeles which was created mainly for Bill Simmons.
Jemele Hill is a joke and used to always bring race into everything. Idk if she still does because you couldn't pay me to watch her. I remember her saying that the Falcons only drafted Matt Ryan because he was a white QB, that he was undeserving and that they were just getting someone who was the opposite of Vick. Even the other people on the show shut her down.

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ESPN has a hedge against some of their rights fees in the future if the current bundle cable distribution changes and can reneogatite some of the deals ( The NFL and MLB are not exempt but the NBA is )

This is why ESPN has not big heavily for the World Cup and Olympics as FIFA and the IOC fon't give discounts.

In Boston ESPN Radio is totally ignored and they are on a 50,000 watt AM station.
So you mean the NBA contract cant change? Isnt that one hurting the most as bball ratings have not grown enough for it?

I also thought Fox got the WC for a steal?

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