Sports | October 27, 2017 11:26 am

ESPN Reportedly Bracing for More Layoffs

Sources tell the Sporting News they could come later this year.

ESPN Is Expected to Lay Off More than 100 Staffers in Late November
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ESPN has been in the news lately, but not for the right reasons. Six months ago, it was massive layoffs. Then Jemele Hill. And most recently, Barstool Sports. As the Sporting News is reporting, though, the negative narrative seems to have come full circle.

Per sources, the cable sports network may be dealing with another round of layoffs come late November or early December. It could affect as many as 60 employees and both on-air talent and production staffs. “This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source warned.

One target for the bloodbath could be SportsCenter, which has seen a hit to its brand ever since the launch of its 6 p.m. hour and co-anchor Hill’s swirling controversy.

As for reasons behind the potential cuts, the Sporting News cites the ESPN‘s bleeding of subscribers, ultra-expensive TV rights deals, and too-high talent contracts.