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ESPN still laying off some of its best people

Just when it seemed like we had seen the end of ESPN’s layoffs, some new and very familiar names were added to the list today.

Most notably is NBA draft guru Chad Ford, who announced tonight that his 16 years with the company will end after the upcoming draft. To my knowledge, Ford is ESPN’s only NBA draft writer/reporter.

You can also added Marc Stein to the list of Friday’s ESPN casualties. Stein was one of the main NBA reporters.

There can’t be many people left in that building.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for ESPN still laying off some of its best people

  1. Mathlete
    9:28 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Chad Ford?? Wow. Mel Kiper is sweating through​ his suit

  2. david8577
    9:47 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    It’s a bummer when anyone gets let go from a job. Well, except for Dana O’Neil and Eamonn Brennan, those folks sort of deserved it.

  3. BBaxterUK
    10:08 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Multi billion dollar company shame

    • 2thepoint
      11:13 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

      True, but they are struggling and have been for some time. I think they are shedding the higher salaries.

    • JusSayin
      3:18 pm April 29, 2017 Permalink

      ESPN is still very profitable but the profits are declining because they haven’t invested in digital age technology and their non live sports shows aren’t huge draws…. they never actually were but now it matters more.

      They should throw away the ESPN 3 app and partner with Netflix. I would pay 9 extra dollars on my Netflix for live sports and cancel cable.

  4. dballrb
    11:25 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Is Max axed yet? He’s the worst!!!!

  5. dballrb
    11:34 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    That’s BS…Being “laid off” is just a nice way of saying your fired,needless to say,I’ve been “laid off” a couple of times and it’s the same J.O.B in the unemployment line…classless joke ESPN has become.

    • david8577
      10:04 am April 29, 2017 Permalink

      To most people there is a difference. Being laid off implies no real fault of the employee, like the position was eliminated or reduced revenue forced reduced positions. Often people who are laid off get some sort of compensation. For example, one week’s pay per year of service, or a few months of health insurance. People who are fired are typically let go because of something they either did wrong, or a number goal they didn’t hit. These are far less likely to get compensation, because in the end, this person just sucked at their job.

  6. Han
    11:37 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    You know ESPN isn’t “still” doing anything, right? They informed all 100 or whatever, but they didn’t publish a list. People are revealing it at their own pace. Chad Ford found out at the same time all the others did. Anyone who hasn’t specifically said they’re returning or been mentioned as having a reduced role could still reveal they’re gonzo.

  7. catdaddyd
    1:47 pm April 29, 2017 Permalink

    James Young is a great defender and excellent passer. Guru.

    • blackmilk23
      3:04 pm April 29, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah he was the one caught going back and retroactively altering his draft “projections” .

      I’m sorry to see him go but I wouldn’t call him but I wouldn’t call him one “the best”.

  8. UkfanMatt
    2:10 pm April 29, 2017 Permalink

    EPSN began to lose viewers, and thus revenue, when they stopped focusing solely on sports and began reporting on political and social issues. I, for one, would turn to ESPN to get a break from the coverage of the latest riot over a criminal getting shot, or to avoid hearing about POTUS for the 10th time. However, ESPN began to report on social issues and suffered a loss of revenue