ESPN, the sports media giant, is expected to undergo a significant round of layoffs in an effort to cut costs.
Reports indicate that around 20 on-air stars will be affected by the cuts, as the network aims to save millions of dollars. While specific details about the layoffs are scarce, it is believed that high-profile personalities from the NFL, NBA, and ESPN Radio will be informed that their services are no longer required.
ESPN employees were recently notified of the impending cuts through an internal memo, which did not provide extensive information. It was previously rumored that no one would be exempt from potential cuts at ESPN, and this seems to be the case as experienced on-air talents are expected to be impacted.
However, popular figures like Stephen A. Smith, Scott Van Pelt, and Joe Buck are reportedly safe.
ESPN is laying off some of its biggest stars, including Jeff Van Gundy and Jalen Rose, in a purge that is expected to result in around 20 on-air personalities being let go Friday as the network hopes to save tens of millions of dollars, The Post has learned.
The term “talent” refers to front-facing TV commentators who are likely to bear the brunt of the layoffs. Some notable personalities, such as Max Kellerman, Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Rob Ninkovich, are at risk due to the cuts.
Additionally, Steve Young and Suzy Kolber may also face the axe. ESPN has chosen not to comment on the reports. Despite the layoffs, the network recently signed Pat McAfee to a lucrative deal, indicating a willingness to invest in new talent.
The decision to reduce the on-air talent pool reflects the financial pressures and changing priorities within the sports media industry. The consequences of these layoffs on ESPN’s programming and future direction remain uncertain, but they are closely monitored by the sports media community.