13th UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. EDT:
You can add Jade McCarthy, Darren Haynes, Jerry Punch, Roger Cossack, Marysol Castro and Reese Waters to the list of those let go today.
12th UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. EDT:
A couple reasons why ESPN fired a whole bunch of people today:
- More and more people are cutting the cable cord (that figure could be as high as 10-million)
- ESPN spent far too much money on television rights (and at a time when ditching cable wasn’t happening at the levels it is today)
The following “reasons” did not factor into the decision:
- ESPN is a liberal-loving network masquerading as a sports network
- Reverse discrimination
ESPN’s leaders bought some time today, but the reality is that substantial changes — such as not bidding on future contracts and not showing as many live sports events– are inevitable. Let’s say that ESPN considers the “Big Four” sports rights to be MLB, NFL, NBA and the NCAA. It will jettison at least one.
At some point in the past, ESPN enjoyed its so-called Golden Age. That era will never come around again.
11th UPDATE: 3:50 p.m. EDT:
Ashley Fox, Chantel Jennings, and Justin Verrier have taken to Twitter to announce they have been canned by ESPN.
10th UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. EDT:
As the list of ESPN firings continues to grow, I hope that as people take a look at the names that they also will remember this same thing happens to professional athletes, journalists, secretaries, accountants and more every single day.
I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but just because you feel a kinship with some of the people who have been fired (and I admire many of the people whom ESPN has dismissed, and I used to work with one of them) doesn’t make what has happened today unique.
Disappointing, yes. And especially since some of the people let go were A-list journalists, writers and reporters. Remember to feel the same thing when you read of significant layoffs within companies you know nothing about.
Calvin Watkins, Ted Miller, Melissa Isaacson, Len Elmore and Jay Crawford are gone. (FULL DISCLOSURE: Jay and I worked at a Columbus television station together roughly 20 years ago.)
9th UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. EDT:
Brett McMurphy takes to Twitter to announce he’s been let go
8th UPDATE: 1:35 p.m. EDT:
Trent Dilfer says goodbye
7th UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. EDT:
Jayson Stark announces his dismissal
6th UPDATE: 1:15 p.m. EDT:
Jane McManus is the latest to announce she’s been let go
5th UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. EDT:
Adding several names, all of whom announced their dismissals on Twitter: Max Olson, Doug Padilla, C.L. Brown, Paul Kuharsky, Austin Ward and Mark Saxon.
4th UPDATE: 12:58 p.m. EDT:
Add Danny Kanell to the canned list
3rd UPDATE: 12:48 p.m. EDT:
Add Johnette Howard to the canned list
2nd UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. EDT:
It hasn’t taken long for the firestorm of criticism to be directed at ESPN. Let’s throw some cold and realistic water on all of this:
- Every single person, no matter where he or she works, can be fired. It’s happened to me. It’s happened to people I know. But when it happens to you, it stinks. Have some empathy.
- The people who were let go have families to feed, mortgages to pay, clothes to buy and more. Whether you agree or disagree with what happened to them today, please remember their lives are a heck of a lot more unsettled than they were 24 hours ago.
- You decide what you think about today’s decision by opting to watch ESPN.
1st UPDATE: 12:24 p.m. EDT:
You can add Dana O’Neil, Jeremy Crabtree and Derek Tyson
ORIGINAL POST: One day before the NFL Draft and deep into the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, ESPN is blowing out men and women who cover those — and other — sports.
Among the people who have posted their dismissals on Twitter:
The list will swell as the day progresses, but it appears more than a few dunderheads will remain in place. I’ll leave it to you to decide who they are.