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Report: ESPN Is Laying Off Hundreds Of People
Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2013 | Leah Goldman

Posted on 05/21/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A tipster told Deadspin that ESPN is planning to lay off more than 400 employees today.

A source at ESPN confirmed to Deadspin that layoffs were planned, and while 400 seemed high, the number of layoffs will be "in the hundreds."

As Deadspin also points out, ESPN may need to cut costs because they have recently gotten rights to several live events (like the US Open Finals) which are very expensive.

ESPN gave us the following statement:

We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: espn; layoffs

1 posted on 05/21/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe all the laid off employees had made anti-gay slurs?


2 posted on 05/21/2013 9:48:09 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: SeekAndFind

They got sequestered...


3 posted on 05/21/2013 9:48:26 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: SeekAndFind

What’s the business case for retaining First Take and its gang of idiots?


4 posted on 05/21/2013 9:48:28 AM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Guess our cable and satellite TV bills will soon be going up.


5 posted on 05/21/2013 9:50:13 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: SeekAndFind

Women and children hit hardest.


6 posted on 05/21/2013 9:50:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SeekAndFind

ESPN has always been left wing...but they've taken it to new heights with Obama in office.

7 posted on 05/21/2013 9:50:43 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: SeekAndFind

Obamacare costs?


8 posted on 05/21/2013 9:51:01 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: SeekAndFind
ESPN may need to cut costs because they have recently gotten rights to several live events (like the US Open Finals) which are very expensive.

I never understood this line of reasoning. Were these people simply being paid without doing anything productive? If so they should have been laid off long ago. Whether or not you bought rights to an event has no bearing on if these employees were creating profit for the company.

9 posted on 05/21/2013 9:52:32 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully Chris Vermin and Dickie the Shill will be among them.


10 posted on 05/21/2013 9:52:37 AM PDT by ssaftler (It's Obama's fault)
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To: relictele
What’s the business case for retaining First Take and its gang of idiots?

The worst show on TV or the worst show in the history of TV?

11 posted on 05/21/2013 9:53:29 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please let one of the 400 be Stephen A. Smith.


12 posted on 05/21/2013 9:55:30 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: SeekAndFind

I hear the good people at Duck Commander/Buck commander are hiring.


13 posted on 05/21/2013 9:56:07 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: SeekAndFind

Couldn’t happen to a better bunch of bigots.


14 posted on 05/21/2013 9:56:59 AM PDT by jps098
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To: SeekAndFind

I know it won’t happen, but I would do handsprings all the way to California if they whacked Rick Reilly...


15 posted on 05/21/2013 9:57:46 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Guarantee it is the result of NBA contract that nobody watches. The attendance at the games is low, and the viewership is way off. Advertisers don't like the product. They don't even replay the games as baseball replays pay better.
16 posted on 05/21/2013 9:59:42 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe sports networks in the Boston and New York markets will hire them, since they pretty much work for them already...


17 posted on 05/21/2013 10:00:28 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Guarantee it is the result of NBA contract that nobody watches. The attendance at the games is low, and the viewership is way off. Advertisers don't like the product. They don't even replay the games as baseball replays pay better.
18 posted on 05/21/2013 10:00:31 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: Sans-Culotte

Maybe they can use the savings to purchase 1080i cameras for their football broadcasts. ESPN= low def crap!


19 posted on 05/21/2013 10:01:40 AM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Are the leftwing racists, Mike Greenberg and Steven A Smith included in layoffs?


20 posted on 05/21/2013 10:03:21 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe this would be a good day for all the queer ESPN employees to come out of the closet...might save your job.


21 posted on 05/21/2013 10:03:31 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Straight Vermonter
I never understood this line of reasoning. Were these people simply being paid without doing anything productive? If so they should have been laid off long ago. Whether or not you bought rights to an event has no bearing on if these employees were creating profit for the company.

Well if ESPN is like 95% of other American companies then actually the productive people will be laid off first.

Most likely ESPN hired a lot of MBA positions like "Senior vice president for global support services”, “Director of Communications for the East Coast”, “Vice President of Mission Related Services”, “Vice President of Administrative Services”, "Director of Diversity Affairs", etc.

The 1st rule MBAs learn is to protect their own, Unfortunately it is SOP of business to first lay off the productive workers while holding on to the high salary but produce little MBAs. American companies will continue this practice pretty much right up until they go out of business I'm afraid.

22 posted on 05/21/2013 10:08:25 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Erin Andrews made a wise move going to CBS Sports, especially since CBS has started it’s own sports channels.

I suspect some of the ESPN talent will end up there.

The on-air talent have contracts, so they are safe until they expire. After that, you can expect their pay to go down significantly, or not renewed.

I don’t know how Tony Kornhieser has managed to stay on. Most irritating sports guy on TV; even worse than Dicky V.


23 posted on 05/21/2013 10:13:52 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind

Running scared of Fox Sports 1 already. Cutting costs to try and outbid FS1 for big events.


24 posted on 05/21/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by Ironfocus
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To: SeekAndFind

Bread and circuses.

First they killed Hostess, and now ESPN?

Riots will happen...


25 posted on 05/21/2013 10:16:51 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: SeekAndFind

But give them credit (I rarely do) - they have actually increased the profile of Chris Broussard - who many thought would be fired after his pro Christianity comments on Collin’s coming out....


26 posted on 05/21/2013 10:17:05 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good. ESPN is as leftist as they come.


27 posted on 05/21/2013 10:18:13 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fox is launching the Fox Sports 1 channel in August to compete directly with the Elitist Socialist Political Network. Fox plans to air live sporting events vs the liberal taped claptrap that the Bristol, CT klan broadcasts. I’m guessing Fox is undercutting their advertising and cable rates. Fox isn’t hindered by political correctness so the CT klan has to shed employees because they will be losing income.


28 posted on 05/21/2013 10:23:53 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SeekAndFind
wtf
I thought the sports entertainment industry was booming . ?
GO SHARKS
29 posted on 05/21/2013 10:27:45 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: SeaHawkFan
I don’t know how Tony Kornhieser has managed to stay on. Most irritating sports guy on TV; even worse than Dicky V.

You're kidding, right? PTI is the best show on ESPN consistently, with Neal Everett's SportsCenter and some Sports Reporters episodes close. I think Kornheiser is refershing change from all the super young super hipster super thin children they have on that network.

30 posted on 05/21/2013 10:33:24 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeaHawkFan

I thought Erin Andrews went to Fox (or did she move again)?


31 posted on 05/21/2013 10:35:13 AM PDT by Marathoner (Impeach Obama, Holder, Big Sis, and throw in IL Gov Quinn for good measure)
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To: SeekAndFind

Trying to get under fifty to avoid Obamacare rules?


32 posted on 05/21/2013 10:39:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Screw FOX, they took what was a great racing channel and turned it into a reality channel for bottom feeders. They dumped the format that worked and now will have another run of the mill sports channel geared towards the person we at FR abhor, a six pack a day, fat, tated up, idiotic low information, when is payday, stick and ball sports fan.

There is so much stick & ball sports on tv now it is hard to find a channel that has anything else.


33 posted on 05/21/2013 10:40:00 AM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Were these people simply being paid without doing anything productive? If so they should have been laid off long ago.

Brings to mind those in government employment during times of weather crisis. Nonessential personnel are directed not to come to work. If they're nonessential, why are they employed?

34 posted on 05/21/2013 10:42:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: newfreep

“Are the leftwing racists, Mike Greenberg and Steven A Smith included in layoffs?”
I’m hoping Jalen Rose is included. He was a whiny beotch at MI and has carried it through to adulthood. He’s the most racist person I’ve ever heard on TV and gets adulation for his ghetto attitude.
I forget which collegiate scandal was going on at the time, but when his response was something to the effect that wees godda get more of our people into the AD positions and college president positions to make sure change happens, I turned off ESPN and haven’t gone back.


35 posted on 05/21/2013 10:49:16 AM PDT by ebersole
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope no Christ followers are hurt in this round of layoffs. I can see ESPN targeting Christians.


36 posted on 05/21/2013 10:49:51 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind
While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive.

Massive layoffs always do. </sarcasm>

37 posted on 05/21/2013 10:50:23 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Major League Asskissers.


38 posted on 05/21/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Marathoner

You are correct. My error.


39 posted on 05/21/2013 10:51:07 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Quick Shot

They just lost English Premier League soccer to NBC.


40 posted on 05/21/2013 10:52:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeaHawkFan

No problem. Sounds like it was smart of her to get out of Dodge.


41 posted on 05/21/2013 10:52:38 AM PDT by Marathoner (Impeach Obama, Holder, Big Sis, and throw in IL Gov Quinn for good measure)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think this is another step in Disney cutting across the board. They recently shuttered LucasArts and let go of their 2D Animators.


42 posted on 05/21/2013 11:10:14 AM PDT by FightforFreedomCA (...and I don't care.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not very sporting of them...


43 posted on 05/21/2013 11:12:49 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think most of the on-air personalities will stay. Most of the layoffs will be “behind the scenes” people.


44 posted on 05/21/2013 11:15:31 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: qam1
I think given that ESPN has several thousand employees at their Bristol, CT headquarters, losing 400 people won't make much of a difference anyway.
45 posted on 05/21/2013 11:17:21 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: SeekAndFind
A tipster told Deadspin that ESPN is planning to lay off more than 400 employees today.

WOW!

400 people Tweeting and posting on Facebook that Donovan McNabb sucks!

46 posted on 05/21/2013 11:19:47 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They could lay off Mike but keep Mike so it would be Mike in the Morning. The whole First Take crew should be gone.


47 posted on 05/21/2013 11:28:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Undicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: SeekAndFind

I avoid the channel unless there is a live event that interests me. Last week, I heard an ESPN “talent” say that “only five baseball players matter nationally while about 30 NBA players have national appeal.” Stop promoting sports that have little importance such as college softball. Talk about sports business more often although that would mean the network would have to cease its dumbing down interests.


48 posted on 05/21/2013 2:49:25 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

That person was on radio and he said that is why the discussion focused on certain players.


49 posted on 05/21/2013 2:50:22 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: SeaHawkFan
even worse than Dicky V.

Vitale as least has some street cred (I knew him when he was coaching UD back in the 70s). Korny is a career media chump.

50 posted on 05/21/2013 3:08:29 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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