ESPN to Lay Off 150 People in Latest Round of Cuts at Sports Network
It seems that ESPN cannot stop losing in the wake of outraged fans that just want to watch football and escape with a distraction from the politics-driven world we find ourselves in today.
As reported by The Gateway Pundit this week, it’s not only ESPN feeling the pain but the NFL, too. Empty seats continue to plague the NFL as we pass week 12 of the season due to the obtuse protests and demonstrations of players taking a knee during the U.S. anthem.
The news today, announced by ESPN President John Skipper, brings the total number of laid-off employees to about 250 total for 2017. Is it any wonder more layoffs came when beloved ESPN anchor, Scott Van Pelt, turned political and injected partisanship needlessly into his platform?
Speaking of the employees hit in the latest layoffs, John Skipper said:
We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services
Reportedly, the employees who were laid off worked in “studio production, digital content, and technology”. Skipper said that ESPN plans to invest in a way to “best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business”.
If Skipper were being honest about “serving the modern sports fan”, he would understand that ESPN viewers do not want shoehorned politics in their sports talk. ESPN would do better to avoid anything political and focus on their namesake…
ESPN hasn’t had the greatest year, with numerous scandals plaguing the network.
When the network suspended Jemele Hill in October after she violated contractual social media guidelines and attacked the President, outrage and furor sprung up in response. Back in April, ESPN terminated several veterans of the network including Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer, and Danny Kanell.
Who knows what 2018 has in store for the network but if they continue to irritate and annoy viewers with their virtue-signaling politics, the new year will probably look a lot like 2017 did for ESPN… under-performing and embarrassing!