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More Job Cuts at ESPN

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ESPN laid off about 300 people last month and announced that 200 open positions would go unfilled. This week, cost cuts have continued, as several writers have announced that they are out or that their contracts will not be renewed.

Ian O’Connor, who wrote a NY Times bestseller about Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the Patriots dynasty, announced on Twitter that he will not be renewed:

The writer Wayne Drehs, who had been at ESPN for 20 years, also announced the following yesterday:

Baseball writer Sam Miller also announced that he is among the cuts:

This story is developing. We will update it if/when there are further announcements.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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    • Good for you, Max. But I bailed on PTI too a few months ago, based on TK’s stars-and-money fixation and MW’s embrace of the NBA’s half-baked wokeness. Now it’s only some games and the rare 30 For 30. Rest of them have earned their loss of audience.

  1. You’re comparing Fox Sports to ESPN? ESPN was the king. I woke up, ESPN was put on. Drinking coffee and getting ready for Saturday chores, ESPN. Home from work, ESPN. Getting ready for bed, ESPN.

    To try to blame Covid for this is disingenuous. We all know what caused this and it’s sad, and it sucks! Miss my ESPN and SportsCenter. But they had to be destroyed to get the message. Stick to sports. Don’t call the majority of your viewers racist scumbags. Get woke, go broke. To suggest otherwise is blindness on your part.

  2. It’s always sad to see or hear of people losing jobs but you lost sight of the fundamental reason I tuned in to ESPN and that was to hear analysis and watch great sports coverage. My day used to revolve around Sports Center and I haven’t watched it in years. Get woke, go broke or better yet, try a former Presidential candidate’s advice to coal miners in West Virginia….”Learn to code”.

  3. Sad, but not surprising. The media landscape is becoming a desert littered with the “corpses” of promising and established content creators. Thankfully, some have found an “oasis” in New Media outlets, like Outkick. So, generously support the ones you like and trust.

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