ESPN Announces Major Staff Cuts
ESPN announced a number of talent cuts Wednesday, including familiar faces in television, radio and even digital. As many as 100 staffers were laid off, including:
- Ed Werder, an NFL correspondent who has been with the network since 1998. He covered the National Football League for Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, NFL Live and SportsCenter.
After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I've been informed that I'm being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) April 26, 2017
- Paul Kuharsky, an NFL writer for ESPN Online covering the Tennessee Titans, will be leaving in July. He has been with ESPN since 2008.
Knew cuts were coming. Sad to say nine great years at ESPN end for me in July. Please stay tuned to @Midday180.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) April 24, 2017
- Trent Dilfer, an NFL studio analyst who has appeared on a variety of network programs, including NFL Live, NFL PrimeTime, SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown. He was also a part of ESPN’s Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage, and provided regular insight and analysis on ESPN Radio. Dilfer has been with ESPN since 2006.
Laid off by ESPN today.Although sad cause I loved my job, mostly filled w/gratitude & appreciation for the 9 years #GreatFriendsAndTeammates
— Trent Dilfer (@DilfersDime) April 26, 2017
- Jay Crawford, SportsCenter anchor since 2012. He was on-air weekdays from 11am to noon, examining the day’s biggest sports headlines. Crawford has been with ESPN since 2003.
After 14 wonderful years my time at espn is over. From Cold Pizza to First Take to SC I made more friends than I can name. Forever grateful! pic.twitter.com/WNkUGuXeVl
— Jay Crawford (@jaycrawfordespn) April 26, 2017
- Jayson Stark, a baseball insider at ESPN and a baseball analyst for Baseball Tonight. Stark was a veteran baseball writer who prior to ESPN, had spent 21 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 26, 2017
- Andy Katz, a senior writer for ESPN Online and covered men’s college basketball. He was also the host of Capital Games where he discussed sports and politics. Katz joined ESPN in 1999 as a sports writer.
The best teammate I ever worked with was let go yesterday. @ESPNAndyKatz is incredibly talented & the most genuine & sincere person I know.
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) April 27, 2017
- Danny Kanell, a notable college football analyst and co-host of Russillo & Kanell on ESPN Radio. He has been with the network since 2009.
Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go "all in" 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 26, 2017
- Britt McHenry, a Washington-based Reporter for ESPN covering major sports stories for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Baseball Tonight and other programs, as well as ESPN digital platforms. She joined the network in 2014.
Staying on the NFL Draft as my last assignment. Grateful for 3 years at ESPN. My colleagues became best friends & I'll cherish that the most pic.twitter.com/YHZeutahTS
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) April 27, 2017
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