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Old 05-07-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Werder goes into much more detail about the layoffs, including the mention of others laid off that did not make it public.

Ex-ESPN reporter Ed Werder says quality of work was Ďnot a considerationí in mass layoffs

And so when they finished telling me I was laid off, they said this was effective immediately, and the next thing they told me to do as a former employee of ESPN was stay and cover the Saintsí draft, which seemed like an odd way to begin your unemployment. But it seemed like it was my option, and I chose not to. I just didnít feel like it was the right place for me to be, alone in a hotel room and then out in public as a former employee, representing ESPN with the New Orleans Saints.

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Itís not the quality of your work thatís a factor. Well, it causes me to wonder, what is ESPN about? Because I thought it was about news and information and highlights, and Iím not sure that is the point of emphasis anymore. How is ESPN going to cover the NFL without all of the people who lost their jobs. What happens without Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworksi to NFL Matchup? What happens to NFL Insiders without a number of analysts, former general managers like Joe Banner and Mark Dominik. Are we really about to see a time when ESPN can no longer afford to cover its most valuable property in the way that it has?


Roger Goodell was apparently upset about all of these layoffs as well.

The podcast is here.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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That is just how layoffs go, no matter what the industry. There is no fair way to do it. Do you lay off the last people hired? The people working in unprofitable divisions? It's tough. I was laid off once and I was the lowest paid person in my department, but I understood. I think where possible companies should offer buy outs for long-term employees to retire early, but of course they are under no obligation to do so.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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They get rid of quality journalists like Ed Werder while hanging on to no-talent carnival barkers like Dan Le Batard and Stephen A. Smith. ESPN's now aiming for the lowest common denominator.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:40 PM
 
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Well, it's not SEPN... It's ESPN.

Entertainment first...
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Old 05-08-2017, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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Werder goes into much more detail about the layoffs, including the mention of others laid off that did not make it public.

Ex-ESPN reporter Ed Werder says quality of work was Ďnot a considerationí in mass layoffs

And so when they finished telling me I was laid off, they said this was effective immediately, and the next thing they told me to do as a former employee of ESPN was stay and cover the Saintsí draft, which seemed like an odd way to begin your unemployment. But it seemed like it was my option, and I chose not to. I just didnít feel like it was the right place for me to be, alone in a hotel room and then out in public as a former employee, representing ESPN with the New Orleans Saints.

...
Itís not the quality of your work thatís a factor. Well, it causes me to wonder, what is ESPN about? Because I thought it was about news and information and highlights, and Iím not sure that is the point of emphasis anymore. How is ESPN going to cover the NFL without all of the people who lost their jobs. What happens without Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworksi to NFL Matchup? What happens to NFL Insiders without a number of analysts, former general managers like Joe Banner and Mark Dominik. Are we really about to see a time when ESPN can no longer afford to cover its most valuable property in the way that it has?


Roger Goodell was apparently upset about all of these layoffs as well.

The podcast is here.
I went through the infamous Circuit City layoff in 2007. The highest paid employees got the shaft. Not coincidentally, they were the most knowledgeable and well liked by customers. Think y'all know how that turned out for CC. For the most part, companies avoid quality of work in favor of short term cost savings in layoff situations. Ed Werder had a high quality of work IMO, but ESPN was more concerned with saving $$.
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Old 05-08-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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I went through the infamous Circuit City layoff in 2007. The highest paid employees got the shaft. Not coincidentally, they were the most knowledgeable and well liked by customers. Think y'all know how that turned out for CC. For the most part, companies avoid quality of work in favor of short term cost savings in layoff situations. Ed Werder had a high quality of work IMO, but ESPN was more concerned with saving $$.
I don't entirely think so. Yes - they want to save money, but they are not focused on cutting on high dollar & high talent people. I think they have a plan on wear they want to go, and it's more in the direction of a mix of entertainment and sports - rather than strictly sports.
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Old 05-08-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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Personally, I don't believe anyone really knows what ESPN is doing. We're all basically left to give it our best guess.
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Old 05-08-2017, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Roger Goodell was apparently upset about all of these layoffs as well.

The podcast is here.
Really out of his lane. He has his hands full with the NFL.

Sorry about firings, and layoffs, but that's the nature of the business.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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Most of them are getting paid to sit at home and do nothing, so I'm not exactly sure where it is they're saving $ if they're paying them the same regardless if they work or not.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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I went through the infamous Circuit City layoff in 2007. The highest paid employees got the shaft. Not coincidentally, they were the most knowledgeable and well liked by customers. Think y'all know how that turned out for CC. For the most part, companies avoid quality of work in favor of short term cost savings in layoff situations. Ed Werder had a high quality of work IMO, but ESPN was more concerned with saving $$.
Using a bucket wasn't going to keep the Titanic afloat, either.

saying that laying off the highest paid employees caused or even contributed is similar. Yeah, it didn't help, but that ship was going down one way or the other.
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