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ESPN will cut more than 40 on-air personalities in May

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/espn-will-cut-40-air-personalities-may-161210167.html
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Complete list so far of ESPN layoffs

Ed Werder
Trent Dilfer
Jay Crawford
​Paul Kuharsky
​Scott Burnside
Danny Kanell
Brett McMurphy
Jayson Stark
Pierre LeBrun
Jane McManus
Dana O’Neill
Brendan Fitzgerald
Joe MacDonald
Mike L. Goodman
Austin Ward
Jesse Temple
Jim Bowden
Eamonn Brennan
Mark Saxon
Jeremy Crabtree
Jean-Jacques Taylor
Johnette Howard
Ted Miller
Brian Bennett
Ethan Strauss
David Ching
C.L. Brown
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This feels like the tip of the iceberg as it doesn't seem like a whole lot of savings there. Jayson Stark and Ed Werder were the shockers for me.

It's amazing how much ESPN I consumed just five or so years ago and how little I take in now. I would gladly delete all things ESPN just to lower my cable bill.

It's a weird time for sports as franchise values skyrocket while cord cutting keeps on keeping on. One of these days I'll be brave and cut the cord too.
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    This feels like the tip of the iceberg as it doesn't seem like a whole lot of savings there. Jayson Stark and Ed Werder were the shockers for me.


Cutting a NFL guy like Werder the day before the NFL Draft exposes this more as cuts for the sake of doing cuts than any real logic behind it.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      This feels like the tip of the iceberg as it doesn't seem like a whole lot of savings there. Jayson Stark and Ed Werder were the shockers for me.


    Cutting a NFL guy like Werder the day before the NFL Draft exposes this more as cuts for the sake of doing cuts than any real logic behind it.

They dropped most of their hockey writers too just as we moved into Round 2



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Trent Dilfer is one of the best football talkers on TV. He should have a job by Friday.

Kanell was a fine radio presence, and I thought his show with Russillo was ESPN's best.

So is ESPN still unveiling that mascot after all this?



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.23
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    Trent Dilfer is one of the best football talkers on TV. He should have a job by Friday.


WAS.

Once he became about 'Dilfer's Dimes', he became another blithering idiot who was about his catchphrase, not about reporting.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.26
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Trent Dilfer is one of the best football talkers on TV. He should have a job by Friday.


    WAS.

    Once he became about 'Dilfer's Dimes', he became another blithering idiot who was about his catchphrase, not about reporting.


But was that him or the ESPN marketing strategy?



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I am ok with Danny getting let go. I am sure he can find a job on the SEC Network. The real problem is ESPN giving out billions in licensing fees. The statement from the head of ESPN seem to read "We want more shouty shows and less hard journalism."



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Looks like Britt McHenry is out following the NFL draft, too, which I am not sad at all about.

If only something could be done about Jemele Hill, now. /sigh
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Originally posted by Sec19Row53
        Originally posted by Matt Tracker
        Trent Dilfer is one of the best football talkers on TV. He should have a job by Friday.


      WAS.

      Once he became about 'Dilfer's Dimes', he became another blithering idiot who was about his catchphrase, not about reporting.


    But was that him or the ESPN marketing strategy?

I'm not sure. If it is their strategy, it hasn't worked on me at least. I'd much rather get my news without 'personality'. It was one thing when Dan and Keith were too kewl for Sportscenter. Now that everyone has to have a catchphrase, and there's no place for a Tom Mees, I've generally avoided ESPN unless it's for live sports.

I gripe too much about ESPN considering how infrequently I watch it -- so it must really bug me when I do watch it, I guess.



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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
        Originally posted by Sec19Row53
          Originally posted by Matt Tracker
          Trent Dilfer is one of the best football talkers on TV. He should have a job by Friday.


        WAS.

        Once he became about 'Dilfer's Dimes', he became another blithering idiot who was about his catchphrase, not about reporting.


      But was that him or the ESPN marketing strategy?

    I'm not sure. If it is their strategy, it hasn't worked on me at least. I'd much rather get my news without 'personality'. It was one thing when Dan and Keith were too kewl for Sportscenter. Now that everyone has to have a catchphrase, and there's no place for a Tom Mees, I've generally avoided ESPN unless it's for live sports.

    I gripe too much about ESPN considering how infrequently I watch it -- so it must really bug me when I do watch it, I guess.



I recall people being aghast that I hated Stuart Scottt. He started all that bullshit and it carried over.
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http://deadspin.com/a-running-list-of-espn-layoffs-1794664091

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Good Lord, Marc Stein is gone now too.

Edit: Oh geez, Chad Ford too

(edited by BigDaddyLoco on 28.4.17 2229)
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Stu didn't start it, but I agree that he was pretty terrible when he first started. He didn't get significantly better either; viewers just got used to him because he was pushed as the new face of SportsCenter after all the Dan/Keith drama. Then he died and everyone remembers him as the greatest sports anchor in the history of everything and any critique of his work means that you're an evil devil worshiper who hopes everyone gets cancer.

Berman had his ridiculous phrases long before Stu showed up, Dan and Keith were the cool kids and had their own shtick. But they would change it up from time to time and use different catch phrases; they never felt stale. Then, catch phrases became a thing and it all went to shit. Looking back, I remember when Larry Beal started and how cringeworthy he was. I gave him a shot one morning because I used to love SportsCenter. As soon as I heard his terrible "And 'aloha' means goodbye" call of a homerun, I just shook my head. Dude was trying too hard to fit in with the cool kids and it didn't work. I think that's been the problem with ESPN as a whole over the last ~20 years: they got away from what made them must-watch tv and dove head first into rumors, sensationalism, and loudmouth idiots yelling loudly about ridiculous opinions. I fucking hate ESPN now, and have for a long time. It's a shame because they should've had a fan for life in me. I was young and impressionable, I loved their product, and I had brand loyalty. But, they lost me.
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SNL spoofs ESPN SportsCenter when newcomer Chet Harper (Ray Romano) takes play-by-play on SportsCenter to an inappropriate and bizarre level and he's kicked off the show by Stuart Scott (Tim Meadows)

http://www.nbc.com/​saturday-​night-​live/​video/​sports-​center-​-​-​romano/​n11217?​snl=1



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Ed Werder was on a podcas recently and said that ESPN fired him, oops, "laid him off" and then in the same meeting asked him to work the NFL Daft, covering the Saints. He politely declined.
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