ESPN to lay off about 150 behind-the-scenes employees

  • ESPN has announced that on Wednesday it will lay off about 150 employees.
  • Company president John Skipper sent a memo to employees informing them of the move.
  • Most of the layoffs will be behind the scenes in an effort to “re-direct resources.”

ESPN has announced plans to terminate the employment of “approximately 150 people” on Wednesday in its latest round of layoffs.

It appears that the latest cuts will not affect on-air talent.

According to ESPN’s president, John Skipper, the layoffs will involve mostly behind-the-scenes workers and are designed to “do less in certain instances and re-direct resources.”

Here is the memo Skipper sent to ESPN employees on Wednesday morning.

Today we are informing approximately 150 people at ESPN that their jobs are being eliminated.

We appreciate their contributions, and will assist them as much as possible in this difficult moment with severance, a 2017 bonus, the continuation of health benefits and outplacement services. They will also appreciate your support.

The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and re-direct resources.

We will continue to invest in ways which will best position us to serve the modern sports fan and support the success of our business.


The network laid off almost 300 employees in 2015. That layoff focused mainly on upper-level positions. In April, 100 more employees were let go, including many on-air personalities.