There aren't too many people surprised about the declining viewership at ESPN. Every time I see the channel on while I'm at the gym I'm just greeted by Stephen Smith screaming about something about God knows what.
First Take has literally been on for five seconds and Stephen Smith is already screaming it's too early calm down— my chemical romy 🎁🎄❄️ (@gazelleinthesky) January 6, 2017
But for people who grew up with the cable sports news network, the fall of the channel may come as bit of a shock, especially now that the lower ratings are having some very real effects.
Like huge employee cutbacks.
The network's President, John Skipper, released a memo to employees that was made open to the public, notifying them of the massive cut.
The majority of the positions that were removed were in particular fields.
People sympathized for the employees.
Some wondered aloud if the company's financial decisions were sound.
Of course Fire the people that live PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK and need their jobs to live. But give the executives that are actually to blame for the profit loss raises and extensions! What a joke!— Nathan M. Schmidt (@nmstn4u) November 29, 2017
Former ESPN employees who were able to enjoy careers elsewhere shared some encouraging words.
I️ was laid off by ESPN two years ago this week. Today I’m traveling to Boston to cover Blackhawks prospects & tomorrow to Pittsburgh for the Hawks-Penguins game. I’ll always be grateful to @TheAthleticChi for hiring me & subscribers for allowing all of this to happen. Thank you— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) November 17, 2017
As devastating as losing your job at a premiere sports news broadcast company is, it's nice to know that there is life outside of it. Here's hoping those 150 employees land on their feet.