ESPN Lays Off 150 Employees
November 29, 2017- This morning ESPN’s President John Skipper announced that ESPN would be laying off 150 employees. The memo reads as such:
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.
This comes as no surprise as ESPN’s open and obvious bias against President Trump and his supporters has adversely impacted their ratings. For example, ESPN lost some 600,000 subscribers in November, 2016 for many of their anchor’s hostile takes on Trump’s election victory.
History is currently in the process of repeating, as ESPN finds itself in the midst of another major Twitter spat with the President over comments from its anchor Jamele Hill. Hill called President Trump a “white supremacist” and accused him of surrounding himself with “other white supremacists:
Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
Trump fired back in October, after ESPN’s ratings tumbled, in part due to her (and her coworker’s) hateful comments:
With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have "tanked," in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Of course, ESPN is not the first company to be punished by consumers for insulting the President. Right now it is estimated that some 80 million Americans are boycotting companies for political reasons. At the forefront of Trump supporter’s ire are companies like Nordstrom, Starbucks, and Target—all of which opposed the President.
And of course, we can’t forget about the NFL, which stands to lose nearly $1 billion in telecast profits due to fan boycotts.
Hopefully companies will once again learn the lessons of political neutrality—conservatives buy coffee too.