Retired ESPN star, Bob Ley, deceived his former owner for recent layoffs at Disney-owned sports network.
Ley, the former host of “Outside the Lines”, lamented “experience and expertise in journalism has been eliminated.”
ESPN announced on Thursday it would eliminate 300 jobs, according to a memorandum sent to its employees, and said it would not fill 200 vacant positions as the industry struggled with the impact of coronavirus epidemic.
The cuts will reduce ESPN’s staffing to around 5,000.
“Try to remain impartial and unwavering when I know about @espn team members being fired today. I can’t, ”Ley tweeted on Thursday. “It’s not like I see decades of journalism experience, and expertise scrapped. Only when we need it most. Enjoy [Disney] Stock prices and your NFL football. “
Try to stay impartial and unwavering when I learn about @espn team members being fired today. Can not. It̵7;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
Disney shares closed up $ 2 to $ 126.96 on Thursday, while ESPN’s Second Night Football featuring Bucs and Giants on Nov. 2 drew 11.7 million people. See, the most viewed NFL eighth week contest since the 2015 season. It is known that ESPN is in talks to get the rights to Sunday Night Football, which is currently the highest-rated NBC show.
“The pace of change is urgent and we must now work on serving sports fans in countless new ways. Assigning resources to support our consumer-facing business strategy, digitally, and of course, continuing to experience innovative television, is more important than ever ”, wrote ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro.
For many months, ESPN had virtually no live sports outside of South Korean corn tournaments and baseball games, leading to a drop in ratings.