It looks like a second round of layoffs are about to hit ESPN. Yesterday SportingNews.com reported that they have multiple sources confirming that ESPN is planning on laying off as many as 60 staff members sometime in late November and early December 2017.
“This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source told SportingNews.com.
ESPN has been hit hard recently by cord cutting. To counter these layoffs, ESPN has already started to cut back on staffing and adjusted their lineups so they can have fewer live shows at the same time. For example, ESPN has adjusted their college football schedules to reduce the number of halftime shows they need at the same time. One studio can do multiple halftime shows on multiple networks by trying to offset game start times.
Now ESPN is reportedly looking to hire more outside production staff to help lower the cost of production. ESPN has also slowly been cutting back some of their other networks in an effort to focus on ESPN.
Since 2015 ESPN has laid off about 400 staff members according to SportingNews.com.
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