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The parent company of the New York Daily News reduced the 99 year-old tabloid’s newsroom staff by approximately 50 percent on Monday, and the sports department was especially hard hit. Per multiple reports, a sports staff of roughly 35 people was reduced to nine, including just five writers.

Corporate clickfarm tronc, which bought the News in September for $1, announced the cuts at a 9 a.m. meeting in the paper’s Lower Manhattan newsroom. It lasted for less than one minute. Editor-in-chief Jim Rich and managing editor Kristen Lee were among the cuts, according to the New York Post, which also said “sports and the photo desk were expected to be particularly hard hit.” Those affected by the layoffs will receive 90 days of severance.

A few of the News sports staffers who were let go announced their fates on Twitter:

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