"Hearing now from several @espn employees who, despite advanced word, are "in shock" and 'frozen.' This is an bad day for all in Bristol". And while it took some time, he said he thinks that finally caught up with the network and forced them to fire some of their best people.
They will affect about 100 of the 1000 so-called "front-facing" employees at ESPN.
Prior to working at ESPN, Ravech was a weekend sports anchor/reporter for the central Pennsylvania station WHTM-TV ABC27.
Among other familiar names on their way out were baseball writer Jayson Stark, college basketball analyst Len Elmore, motor sports reporter Dr.
Also among those announcing they had been dismissed were NFL analyst Trent Dilfer and football analyst/radio host Danny Kanell, a former Giants quarterback.
Announcing its most recent quarterly results in February, ESPN's corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company, blamed the network for an 11 percent drop in operating income in its cable TV division during the final quarter of 2016. ESPN is devoting more time to commentary shows filmed in the studio and less to reports from the field, reducing the need for correspondents. I've still got what really matters.
Sports news sites including Sporting News and Deadspin are keeping running tabs of who has been let go. Other on-air personalities, including Major League Baseball announcer Karl Ravitch and network veteran Hannah Storm, could also see their roles at ESPN "significantly reduced", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
You can also read ESPN's statements on the layoffs here and here.
"After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close".
"I look forward to the next adventure", he said.
- Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzESPN) April 26, 2017Add me to the list.
Tennesee Titans beat writer Paul Kuhasky also tweeted.
Cowherd was referring to ESPN inking a nine-year, $24 billion deal with the National Basketball Association in 2014 there, but he said he believes that ESPN has routinely paid too much money for the rights to air certain sports and sporting events. Disney paid $1 billion a year ago for a stake in BAMTech, the streaming service launched by Major League Baseball. In March, reports noted that ESPN was looking to cut as much as $250 million from this year's budget.
It's that expensive because the network committed more than $30 billion to secure the rights to NFL, NBA and college football games.
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