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Mass Layoffs at ESPN Claim a Number of Familiar On-Air Faces

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Massive Layoffs Hit ESPN
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The axe fell at ESPN Wednesday—over and over again. After companywide layoffs were announced—with sources telling multiple news organizations that some 100 employees lost their jobs—the names have slowly trickled out, many of whom will be recognizable.

Sports blog Deadspin has kept a running list, which includes columnist Jim Caple; MLB analysts (and former players) Dallas Braden and Raúl Ibañez; MLB analyst Doug Glanville; and SportsCenter anchors Darren Haynes, Jade McCarthy, Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel, and Jay Crawford.

Some of the best-known names among the ESPN cuts include NFL analyst (and Super Bowl champion) Trent Dilfer, 17-year veteran MLB writer Jayson Stark, Radio Host (and former NFL QB) Danny Kanell, and NFL reporter Ed Werder.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Karl Ravetch, ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo, and Hannah Storm will all have their roles “significantly reduced.”

The cuts have been billed as part of a company wide strategy to put more emphasis on a digital strategy going forward.