The Worldwide Leader is going to be laying off some serious talent.
Layoffs are coming to ESPN's front-facing talent.
Media insider James Andrew Miller, who wrote the ESPN oral history book, reported that 40-50 on-air talent will be laid off by sometime this summer.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch has an update on the layoffs. They're coming sooner than the summer.
Last month SI reported ESPN was undergoing significant cost-cutting on its talent side (people in front of the camera or audio/digital screen).
Multiple sources said ESPN had been tasked with paring tens of millions of staff salary from its payroll, including staffers many viewers and readers will recognize. Jim Miller, the author of the oral history of ESPN, said he believed the number of staffers impacted would be between 40 to 50. Those with contracts coming up would be particularly vulnerable. The company is also expected to buy out some existing contracts, which is something rare for ESPN historically beyond a few NFL talents.
On Sunday morning, an ESPN spokesperson declined comment.
You're probably going to recognize a lot of the faces leaving ESPN. These are going to be people you've been watching.
You can read Deitsch's full column here.