Sometimes, we’re reminded that no one’s immune to setbacks.
What happened to “The Worldwide Leader In Sports”? It would seem that anyone employed by, arguably, the greatest sports network in the history of our being would be immune to the same pitfalls and lifestyle threats that you and I face. ESPN is owned by Walt Disney. They’re the sister network of ABC, home to SportsCenter, and, unfortunately, they’re currently experiencing one of the worst and most public layoffs in our country’s recent memory.
Prior to the last year or so, they were a significant cog in the Disney machine. Now, thanks to ever-increasing fees that ensure the company’s right to carry high dollar products like NFL and NBA games, they’ve ventured into the territory of being more of a liability. The network, as we all expected, has gone into self-preservation mode, and just like that, upwards of 100 staffers, many of them names we’re very familiar with, have found their way to the unemployment line.
Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of them.
The rise of Fox Sports:
Even if you’re relatively unfamiliar with how these things work, you’re certain to have noticed how bidding wars for ultra-popular Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd ended up in both leaving ESPN for Fox. Then, there’s the fact that Fox Sports has earned the right to broadcast the next two World Cups. Viewership and subscribers to the ESPN network continue to decrease by the day. The network isn’t exactly ready to close the doors, but in losing billions of dollars, it’s clear that decisions had to be made.
Charlotte, North Carolina’s ESPNU studio will move from its’ current location to Bristol, Connecticut. A few ESPNU positions will remain in North Carolina. As far as the overall picture goes, many of the personalities who have been let go are some of the most talented and well-known individuals the company has given us. Many will be absorbed by other networks (Fox Sports for instance). Most will land on their feet.
In the meantime, let’s all remember that these are real people with families. Let’s keep them in our prayers and hope for the best.
Geoffrey Knox, Exposure Sports Editor
Geoffrey Knox is the creator and the owner of The Thunderstorm Hip Hop Sports & Entertainment Network, co-editor for Inside The Iggles and a contributor for Saturday Blitz. Bookmark Thunderstorm Media on BlogtalkRadio.com, iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. Follow him on Twitter @GQ_4_Eva, @stormradio66 @stormsports66 & @insideiggles
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