Big names among ESPN's massive layoffs

Published on Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:37

Staff Writer

BRISTOL - The day after lay-offs hit ESPN, the names of those affected have been slowly coming out through social media.

Some big names such as Jay Crawford, Ed Werder and Jayson Stark have been taking to twitter to confirm that they have been let go.

"For 17 yrs I've had a dream job covering baseball for ESPN. Today is my last day. Thanks to all the great people at ESPN, MLB & all of you!" tweeted Stark who was a 17-year veteran baseball reporter.

Crawford, a former "SportsCenter" anchor also tweeted about his departure stating that "After 14 wonderful years my time at espn is over."

Most of the tweets that are hitting twitter have been positive. Many thanked ESPN for some great years of work.

"I was treated great by #ESPN during my 3 years. Time to find out what's next. Will miss all the great people I worked with! #ToTheNextStep," tweeted former ESPNU anchor, Brendan Fitzgerald.

ESPN chief John Skipper told the Associated Press Wednesday the company wants to provide distinctive content all the time on multiple screens, with more personality-oriented "SportsCenter" broadcasts, and is keeping people best suited to the new strategy.

Disney revenue and profit at the end of 2016 were hurt by a decline at ESPN and tough comparisons to a year ago, when it released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Profit dropped 14 percent to $2.48 billion on revenue that declined 3 percent to $14.78 billion.

Cable network revenue fell 2 percent to $4.4 billion, hurt by lower ESPN revenue. Disney blamed the ESPN results on higher programming costs and lower advertising revenue, partially offset by affiliate revenue growth.

ESPN has consistently been the top taxpayer in Bristol by far for years, accounting for 5.69 percent of the city’s tax base on the 2016 Grand List. Its land and property in the city were assessed at a total of $222,486,506.

By agreement with the city, the taxes increase each year on ESPN’s Digital Center 2, which first appeared on the tax rolls in 2014. By 2020, ESPN will pay 100 percent of the real estate tax rate, according to the agreement, Assessor Tom DeNoto has said.

Susan Corica and AP reporting contributed to this story.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General Business, General News on Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:37. Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:39.