It’s a sad day anytime folks lose their jobs. But the ESPN layoffs that have been rumored for weeks started coming down on Wednesday, and there were many surprising casualties.
As someone who makes a living in the media industry, I feel for these guys. I don’t run Heartland College Sports on the side of a traditional 9-5 job. I work for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports Radio, Fox News, along with other media outlets. I know how hard this business is and it’s not one that offers job security to most people. It never has been.
Here are some of the hits, that as a Big 12/college football fan, you will probably recognize.
Big 12 reporter Max Olson
I got laid off by ESPN today after an amazing 5+ years. I’ve been unbelievably fortunate. Better days ahead.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) April 26, 2017
College football analyst/radio host Danny Kanell
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
College football insider Brett McMurphy
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 (@McMurphyESPN) April 26, 2017
College football recruiting coordinator Jeremy Crabtree
Six years ago, made most difficult decision ever made leaving @Rivals to come to @ESPN. Even after being laid off today, I don’t regret it.
— Jeremy Crabtree (@jeremycrabtree) April 26, 2017
Big Ten football reporter Austin Ward
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
We will update this list as more relevant ESPN layoffs come to the surface for Big 12 and college football fans. But overall it’s a sad day. Regardless of what you think of some of these individual’s work, remember they are people with families and bills to pay.
It just sucks. The media industry is changing so rapidly, it would take me a full day to explain it in a column. Maybe in the near future as will. As someone on the inside, I can tell you it’s not going to be pretty moving forward.
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