The sports media industry has had a rough several years, and the coronavirus pandemic has compounded matters. Today, as first reported by Axios, The Athletic is laying off 46 employees, or 8 percent of its staff. The New York Post reported further details on pay cuts for those who remain. This is the second wave of cost cuts at The Athletic — when the pandemic initially hit, they announced that they were freezing freelance contributors.
These are people at The Athletic who have announced they were among the layoffs today:
When I covered Xavier's final basketball game in March, I didn't know it would be my last. I'm among the 46 people laid off at The Athletic. I've covered XU since 2008-09, including the last 2 years at The Athletic, & will miss you all! Thanks for reading. It has been an honor.
— Shannon Russell (@slrussell) June 5, 2020
I'm among the 46 employees laid off by @TheAthletic. I'm grateful to work at a great company, one that is criticial for sports journalism. Also was proud to help launch the Indiana vertical.
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) June 5, 2020
I was informed this morning that I was one of 46 people to be laid off by The Athletic. It has been a great place to work for two years and I want to thank everyone for the experience. I don't know what's next. Right now, just trying to process this loss.
— scott bordow (@sbordow) June 5, 2020
I was informed that this will be my final day at The Athletic due to economic constraints resulting from the covid-19 pandemic. I’ve had an absolute blast covering the Atlanta Falcons. I want to thank every person who subscribed to read my work over the past two years.
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) June 5, 2020
Some unfortunate news to share: I was one of 46 laid off by @TheAthletic today, due to COVID-19 impact on sports. Dream job covering Titans and Preds last couple years. Couldn't have asked for a better experience, so I'm thankful for that. Looking forward to the next step.
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) June 5, 2020
Today was my last day at The Athletic. It was a great ride. I worked with some truly outstanding colleagues and I’m grateful for the opportunity. We’ll see what the future holds.
— Chris Perkins (@chrisperk) June 5, 2020
Thanks to @TheAthletic for three great years. I was among today’s round of layoffs. I wish my former colleagues nothing but the best. And a special thanks to @amather @TheAuthletic and @ByJasonLloyd for the opportunity.
— Tom Reed (@treed1919) June 5, 2020
Today was my last day at The Athletic as well. I echo everything Dustin says below. These last eight months were incredible and I wouldn't trade my time on this team for anything.
If you know anyone who needs a sportswriter, I'm available for hire and my DMs are open. https://t.co/h63lOuJ1RO
— Danielle Lerner (@danielle_lerner) June 5, 2020
The Athletic laid off 46 people today. I was one of them.
Covering Auburn football for a place like The Athletic was truly a dream job. I was fortunate to ever be in this position. I have countless people to thank, and I will do so throughout the rest of the day.
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) June 5, 2020
I’m one of today’s layoffs at The Athletic. I’m really sad, because this is the best job I’ve ever had. I have endless respect and love for my colleagues and will continue to support their terrific work. Thanks to all who read. You helped make a Phoenix kid’s dream come true.
— Gina Mizell (@ginamizell) June 5, 2020
I got laid off by The Athletic today. Looking forward to getting the YouTube channel back up and running, I really miss making videos anyway and things should work out. Here's my Patreon if you wanna support the work I've done and will be doing. Go Lakers. https://t.co/Mht81RDCy0
— Laker Film Room (@LakerFilmRoom) June 5, 2020
I was one of the 46 laid off today at The Athletic. I feel for everyone losing a job at this time. It sucks but we all will bounce back, as always. stay strong!
If anyone is in the market for a sports writer, video editor, podcaster, social media manager, hit my line. DM's open
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) June 5, 2020
Hey everyone. I was one of the 46 employees laid off by The Athletic today. It's surreal, but I've been lucky never facing this before. It was a wonderful experience, and have no regrets.
My DMs are open, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than anything, thank you BSU fans.
— Dave Southorn (@davesouthorn) June 5, 2020
I've had an extremely fortuitous career path. Unfortunately, my time with The Athletic is up. Couldn't be more appreciative of the opportunity covering one of the most iconic college football programs.
I owe thanks to a lot of folks. Much love to y'all. We'll see what's next.
— Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) June 5, 2020
I was one of the 46 employees laid off by The Athletic today. I've loved working here the past year — it was my dream job — and I'm sad to be leaving. Thank you so much to everyone who read and supported and to the amazing Arkansas fans who welcomed me in a year ago.
— Kelli Stacy (@Kelli_Stacy_) June 5, 2020
This morning The Athletic announced layoffs of 46 staffers. I’m one of them. For two years, I got to be a part of the best sports writing team in America. I got to cover the Lakers. I’m deeply sorry that it’s ending, but it has been one of the great experiences of my life.
— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonWrites) June 5, 2020
Got my final day offboarding invite from The Athletic just now. Checked my stats this morning: Wrote 206,814 words in just under a year. Glad I tried writing full-time. So it goes.
— Rafe Bartholomew (@Rafeboogs) June 5, 2020
We will continue to update this story if/when more contributors announce their news.