Upcoming ESPN layoffs apparently will extend to familiar faces in front of the camera, those anchors and commentators which the media industry refers to as “talent,” according to a Sports Illustrated report, possibly amounting to about $100 million in salary cutbacks.
In the summer of 2013, the self-named Worldwide Leader in Sports let go hundreds of behind-the-scenes production workers. This time evidently will be different, because viewers will know, at least eventually by their absence, the on-air personalities getting their walking papers.
In the past several months, the Bristol-Connecticut-based TV/radio network has also cut ties with longtime hosts and panelists such as Chris Berman, among others. High-profile ESPN Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons parted ways with ESPN in May 2015.
SI claims that the layoffs are on the way through the spring and summer, as the ESPN financial model continues to struggle.