ESPN hasn’t made the necessary changes to their programming. The left wing politics that have caused them to drop severely in ratings is now causing another round of layoffs at the network.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Report: ESPN to Lay Off More Production Staff, On-Air Talent
Another round of layoffs is expected at ESPN, with production staff as well as on-air talent in danger of being let go.
The changes due to come down in November or early December could affect between 40 and 60 positions at all levels of the network, Sporting News reports. ESPN has already gone through major layoffs, mostly affecting people behind the scenes, but one source says people on- and off-camera will be leaving—even from the network’s flagship “SportsCenter” program.
“This time it won’t matter if you’re ‘liked’ or not. It’s not going to be pretty,” one source said.
The network has primarily suffered from steep expenditures on broadcasting deals that have coincided with a shrinking subscriber base. As subscriptions have gone down due to cord-cutting, high-dollar contracts for talent and broadcasting are fixed at expensive levels—and are squeezing ESPN financially.
“I see [ESPN] going down a path where they have less staff—and hire more production companies to provide programs and fill air time,” another source told Sporting News.
As long as they keep doing the same thing, people will continue to tune them out.