The Worldwide Leader is going to get a little smaller.
Major layoffs are coming to ESPN.
It's been reported that ESPN needs to cut millions of dollars from its budget and the sports network is going to do that sometime this year in the form of layoffs, specifically aimed at on-air talent.
James Andrew Miller, the author of the ESPN book, joined Richard Deitsch on Sports Illustrated's media podcast to discuss the layoffs.
He expects "40 to 50" on-air employees to get the axe.
The way that I’ve heard it—and I’ve kind of run the numbers on it, I think we’re looking at between 40 and 50 people. The numbers that some people reported about $80-90 million were probably ridiculous by a factor of three, but if you think of it in terms of 40-50, I think that’s a safe range based on what I’ve been talking to people about.
And look, there’s a lot of uncertainty about who it’s gonna be and why. Remember, this is not quantum physics, so it’s not an exact equation.
Miller also outlined what he expects to be ESPN's new daily lineup of shows.
Basically, if you work at ESPN and you're not on one of these shows, you should probably be nervous about your future with the company.
6 a.m. — Re-airing of Neil Everett and Stan Verrett’s SportsCenter from the previous night/early morning.
7-10 a.m. — Mike Greenberg’s new show.
10 a.m.-noon — First Take with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim
Noon-1 p.m. — A rumored, but unofficial show with Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre
1-6 p.m. — Normal coverage, with Sports Nation, Highly Questionable, Around The Horn, PTI
6 p.m. — New SportsCenter with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill
7 to 11 p.m. - Live games.
11 p.m. — SportsCenter
Midnight — Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter
1 a.m. — Everett and Verrett’s SportsCenter
That's just a rough estimation of what Miller expects ESPN's new daily lineup to look like, but he's perhaps the most-respected insider when it comes to the Worldwide Leader, so it's safe to assume he's at least mostly correct.
Times are changing at ESPN, that's for sure.