Despite Layoffs, ESPN Will Soon Have "More Employees Than Ever"

Earlier this year, ESPN went through a unexpected series of layoffs, in the end shedding somewhere close to 400 people. It was done, ESPN folks were told, as a critical cost-cutting measure in the run-up to the launch of Fox Sports 1 and with higher fees looming for Monday Night Football and baseball rights. » 8/21/13 4:45pm 8/21/13 4:45pm

ESPN's Ratings Are Way Down This Year. What's The Matter In Bristol?

ESPN may have grown into an unbeatable Goliath, as its executives spent the year telling any reporter who'd stand still long enough, but maybe the stretch marks are beginning to show. ESPN laid off hundreds two months ago, and in August it will face new competition in the form of Fox Sports 1, a network that has… » 7/09/13 5:22pm 7/09/13 5:22pm

ESPN Loses Its Mind: What Howie Schwab Meant To Bristol

Information was sacred to Howie Schwab, the longtime researcher and producer who was laid off by ESPN on Wednesday. "Not knowledge," as the critic Lee Siegel once clarified. "Information." Siegel was writing about Stump the Schwab, the game show that made Schwab an unlikely half-celebrity, but it'll work here as an… » 6/18/13 3:35pm 6/18/13 3:35pm

Gary Hoenig, A Founding Editor Of ESPN The Mag, Has Been Laid Off

The first-ever hire at ESPN The Magazine, Gary Hoenig, has been laid off, three sources tell me. Hoenig was the executive editor at the magazine in 1998, and was promoted to editor-in-chief in 2003. He's been the GM and editorial director of ESPN's publishing division for the last five years. Hoenig is the biggest… » 6/12/13 8:10pm 6/12/13 8:10pm

ESPN President's Memo: Support The Troops; Also, We're Firing People

Below is a memo from ESPN president John Skipper, sent companywide just before the Memorial Day weekend and forwarded to us by a Bristol tipster. "This is the only communication we've received from upper management this week that mentions the layoffs," our tipster writes. Happy Memorial Day! » 5/28/13 11:27am 5/28/13 11:27am

Lynn Hoppes, Who Was The Worst, Is Out At ESPN

ESPN's Dancing with the Stars correspondent Lynn Hoppes—a man who drooled over swag, recruited a scam artist, plagiarized Wikipedia, and stole my girlfriend—has been laid off, three sources have confirmed. ESPN is also shutting down Playbook, Hoppes's home for the past year. An ESPN spokesman declined to comment. » 5/22/13 3:42pm 5/22/13 3:42pm

Ex-ESPNer: Did Network Cut 300-400 Jobs To Pay For SportsCenter Set?

A recently laid-off ESPN source gave us more details about the ESPN job cuts, the first significant staff reduction in four years. First off, it appears these layoffs will stretch over several weeks. There will be more technology and creative services layoffs today. Layoffs in production are coming in a few weeks;… » 5/22/13 1:47pm 5/22/13 1:47pm