ESPN announced the biggest layoffs the company had ever had on Thursday, and longtime journalist Bob Ley was unhappy with that.
Ley – a former host and host “Outside The Lines”, who has been working with ESPN essentially since the beginning – shut down the network on Twitter.
Try to stay impartial and unwavering when I learn about @espn team members being fired today. Can not. It’s not like I see decades of journalism experience, and expertise scrapped. Only when we need it most. Enjoy stock prices of DIS and your NFL football.
– Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) November 5, 2020
“Try to stay objective and not waver when I know about the members of the ESPN team being fired today. Impossible, ”wrote Ley. “It’s not like I see the countless decades of journalist experience, and the expertise has been scrapped. Only when we need it most.
“Be enjoy [Disney] Stock prices and your NFL football. “
ESPN cut 500 jobs in total in its biggest layoff ever
obtained by Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy, cutting 300 jobs on Thursday and removing 200 open positions at the company. “data-reacttid =” 27 “> ESPN, according to an internal memo obtained by Front Office Sports Michael McCarthy, cut 300 jobs on Thursday and chose to remove 200 open positions at the company.
Disney, the parent company of ESPN, announced in September that it had cut about 25% of its workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro said the company had reached its limit during the “COVID Hurricane” and had to make a move.
“Before the pandemic, we were deeply involved in strategic planning to define ESPN’s best positions for future success amid a huge disruption in the way fans consume sports. The pandemic’s dramatic impact on our business has clearly spurred forward-looking discussions. In the short term, we have enacted various steps such as reducing executive and talent salaries, reducing salaries and cutting budgets, and implementing innovative operations and production methods, all are aimed at trying to overcome the COVID storm. However, we have reached the inflection point, ”wrote Pitaro in the memo, via Front Office Sports.
“The ongoing pace of change requires great urgency and we must now provide sports fans service in countless new ways. Dedicating resources to our consumer-facing, direct-to-consumer business strategy, digitally and of course, continuous creative TV experiences is more important than ever ”
It’s not clear who was affected by the layoffs, but former college football writer Ivan Maisel, NHL staff writer Chris Peters, MLB writer Claire Smith and staff writer Emily Rand were among those. announced job loss on social networks.
Once retired, Ley is in a unique position to call on his former employer about the move on social media. When ESPN announced a layoff in 2017 while he was still working there, Ley honored his former colleagues in a broadcast segment.
Now, however, he doesn’t hold back.