ESPN announced on Thursday that there would be layoffs of 300 employees and that 200 open positions would go unfilled. The network faces challenges from the pandemic and cord-cutting. Longtime ESPN anchor Bob Ley blasted Disney's decision to cut jobs, saying that he saw "countless decades of journalistic experience, and expertise jettisoned."
So far, a couple writers and some who work behind the scenes have announced they are out.
Chris Cote, a producer and contributor for the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, announced that he was among the cuts:
Cote's father, Greg Cote, who appears on the show for one program per week, covered the news in the Miami Herald.
College football writer Ivan Maisel announced in a thread that his contract would not be renewed:
Baseball writer Claire Smith, who was awarded the 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America, also announced she was among the cuts:
NHL Draft writer Chris Peters announced:
As did eSports writer Emily Rand:
And eSports writer Jacob Wolf:
And women's sports writer Graham Hays
A number of behind-the-scenes workers also announced that they are out:
To see their impact on ESPN, on fellow employees and on viewers, click through to their tweets and look at the replies and quote-tweets.
Investigative reporter TJ Quinn also announced the departures of producers from his unit: