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ESPN said on Friday that it has fired some broadcast journalists in an effort to save money, a move that shocked many sports fans and highlighted the difficulties facing media businesses.

In a statement, ESPN stated that it was necessary to reduce expenses “in the area of public-facing commentator salaries,” which included “a small group of job cuts in the short term.” Some of the greatest names on the network were among those let go.


Suzy Kolber, an NFL reporter and the host of the pregame show “Monday Night Countdown,” revealed that she had been fired in a tweet on Friday afternoon. She said, “Today I join the many dedicated coworkers who have been let go.” “Heartbreaking, but a good run at ESPN for 27 years,”

Additionally fired was Jeff Van Gundy, a former New York Knicks coach and NBA analyst for ESPN. According to his company biography, Van Gundy had been employed by ESPN since 2007. Among those let go was Jalen Rose, a studio commentator and a renowned “Fab Five” member from the University of Michigan. The New York Post first the news of Van Gundy and Rose’s firings, which The New York Times later confirmed.

Joon Lee, a baseball reporter, and Ashley Brewer, an anchor who had worked on “SportsCenter,” the network’s signature program, both announced their departures via Twitter.

The company informed staff members that it would renegotiate some contracts at lower salaries or let some expire at the end of their terms, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity and was not authorized to disclose the specifics. In total, about 20 commentators were laid off.

Background: The media are in an unstable period.

The Los Angeles Times, Vox Media, BuzzFeed, and The Washington Post are among the media organizations that have recently tightened their belts. The announcement comes one day after National Geographic announced its second wave of layoffs this year.

As traditional television viewing drops, Disney, the parent company of ESPN, has battled to halt the torrent of losses tied to its streaming services. Disney reported that revenue from its networks, which include ESPN, had decreased by 7% in May during its earnings call. Robert A. Iger, the company’s CEO, stated earlier this year a plan to slash $5.5 billion in costs by removing 7,000 employees, or 4% of Disney’s global workforce.

High-profile ESPN personalities are the reason it matters.

In her statement, Kolber stated that “longevity for a woman in this business is something I’m especially proud of.” She has been “widely praised for elevating the N.F.L. sideline role,” according to her business biography, which also mentions that she was the first woman to win the Maxwell Football Club’s Sports Broadcaster of the Year Award. She was admitted to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

In professional basketball, Van Gundy’s voice has grown to be recognizable. He worked alongside Mike Breen and one of his former players, Mark Jackson, to call some of the biggest ESPN NBA games when he was courtside for coverage on ESPN and ABC. He offered commentary for the NBA finals this month.

When Rose was a point guard at the University of Michigan, his team made back-to-back appearances in the N.C.A.A. Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament finals in 1992 and 1993, but they were defeated both times. His Fab Five recruiting class, which featured numerous A-list athletes, created history by becoming the first team to start five rookies in the Final Four. With the Indiana Pacers, he made it to the 2000 NBA Finals. ESPN had employed Rose since 2007.

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