The latest on ESPN layoffs: Ed Werder, Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer among employees let go
ESPN is set to lay off about 100 staffers, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reports, including recognizable reporters and analysts.
Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder is among those being let go, effective immediately, he announced. Werder had been with ESPN for 17 years. Anchor John Buccigross was not laid off, contrary to earlier reports.
On Baseball Tonight, host Karl Ravech revealed that analysts Dallas Braden, Doug Glanville, Jon Sciambi and Raul Ibañez were among the cuts.
While previous rounds of layoffs at ESPN have focused on behind-the-scenes staff, most of the employees let go this time around are expected to be on-camera personalities and ESPN.com writers.
A running list of layoffs is below.
After 13 years of sticks and pucks can share that as of today my tenure at ESPN is at a close. I look forward to the next adventure.— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) April 26, 2017
Poured my heart and soul into ESPN for last 8 years. Moved my wife and 3 kids to CT to go "all in" 5 years ago. Bummed it ended in 3 minutes— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) April 26, 2017
After 5 great years, I’ve been laid off by ESPN. It was a tremendous opportunity & I enjoyed working w/a lot of really, really good people— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) April 26, 2017
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!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) April 26, 2017
Super Bowls, The Trifecta and stories like the one up now are the moments I'll take with me into free agency starting tomorrow.— Jane McManus (@janesports) April 26, 2017
Add me to the list. Just got the 'call.' I've been informed my contract will not be renewed at ESPN.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) April 26, 2017
After seven great years at ESPN I've been let go. Much respect to all the people.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 26, 2017
Sorry to get the call from ESPN this a.m., but grateful for my eight years there and trying to positively look ahead.— Melissa Isaacson (@mkisaacson) April 26, 2017
After nearly eight years of covering the NHL, MLB and the NFL at ESPN, it's time for the next chapter in my career.— Joe McDonald (@MrMomJoeyMac) April 26, 2017
Mike L. Goodman
And hey, it turns out one of those people is me. Loved my time at ESPN, and now it's time to figure out what's next.— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) April 26, 2017
I've been informed that I'm no longer employed at ESPN. Greatly enjoyed covering the B1G, and will immediately try to find a new challenge!— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) April 26, 2017
Like other colleagues, I've been informed I am no longer working for ESPN. This is a crummy day, but I'll never stop pursuing my passion.— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) April 26, 2017
Bad news morning. I loved every bit of my eight years at ESPN and will miss it, and so many friends and colleagues there, profoundly.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) April 26, 2017
Well, I'm a free agent. I learned a lot in eight years with ESPN and benefitted from being around a lot of smart people— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) April 26, 2017
I just found out I'm among the layoffs at ESPN today. Enjoyed my eight years there immensely. Looking forward to what's next.— Johnette Howard (@JohnetteHoward) April 26, 2017
Darren M. Hayes
After 5 incredible years, I was laid off today by ESPN. I met & worked w/ some great people & I am very grateful to ESPN for the opportunity— Derek Tyson (@DerekJTyson) April 26, 2017
Rough day. Just learned I will no longer be covering the Dodgers. Enjoyed my 7 years at ESPN. On to the next chapter.— Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) April 26, 2017
Started at ESPN in 2008, but my tenure ended today. Worked w/ some great folks who are now friends. Onward to new challenges.— Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) April 26, 2017
Like far too many other ESPN colleagues today, I’ve been laid off. Enjoyed nine great years here. Thanks for reading and following along.— Brian Bennett (@GBrianBennett) April 26, 2017
So, I am no longer with ESPN, as of today. I want to thank all the great people I've worked with and, of course, the readers + listeners— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) April 26, 2017
Landed in Madrid. Turned on phone 1st time all vacation. Got texts asking if job was safe. Found out it was not. Enjoyed my 4 years, ESPN.— C.L. Brown (@clscribe) April 26, 2017
Time to go. Thanks to ESPN for allowing me to be their legal analyst for 13 years. Made great friends and have wonderful memories.— Roger Cossack (@RogerCossack) April 26, 2017
Somewhere sports bettors cheer and somewhere dirty cops get payoffs— Dave Tuley (@ViewFromVegas) April 26, 2017
but there's no joy in ViewFromVegas Nation -- I'm among the ESPN layoffs
No longer at ESPN. Thank you to everyone who read and supported me throughout my 9 years there. Means more than you can know.— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) April 26, 2017
Grateful for all the opportunities I had in my 4+ years at ESPN. Many great people lost their jobs today. But many other greats remain.— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) April 26, 2017
So blessed! 30yrs as host,pxp,reporter in NASCAR,indycar, CFB,& CBB. Many drivers,owners,crew,coaches & fans, lifetime friends. Thank u ESPN— Dr Jerry Lee Punch (@DocPunchESPN) April 26, 2017
Working at ESPN was a dream, grateful to have lived it. Now time to reach the next one. Thanks to so many. Got to work with some of the best— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) April 26, 2017
Just found out ESPN is not renewing my contract for next fb season. Learned a lot and had a lot of fun! Grateful to ESPN for the opportunity— Rufus Peabody (@RufusPeabody) April 26, 2017
Growing up, working for ESPN was the dream. Today was my last day after 5+ years, but I feel blessed to have gotten this opportunity.— Greg Ostendorf (@GregO_ESPN) April 26, 2017
“These decisions impact talented people who have done great work for our company,” ESPN president John Skipper wrote in an email to employees Wednesday morning. “I would like to thank all of them for their efforts and their many contributions to ESPN.”
The company is focusing on its personality-driven SportsCenter shows, developing its app and social media presence, it said in a statement Wednesday.
This post will be updated throughout the day.