The Thanksgiving holidays won't be very relaxing for many employees at ESPN. This is because after the holidays, more than 100 staffers are expected to lose their jobs, according to Sports Illustrated.
The layoffs will hit people throughout various positions across ESPN, including front-facing talent on the television side, producers, executives, and digital and technology staffers. Apparently, the SportsCenter franchise is expected to be hit particularly hard considering the lessened frequency of the show on the main network ESPN.
ESPN has experienced notable layoffs over the past two years. In October of 2015, the company laid off roughly 300 employees, which was about 5% of its workforce. This was particularly brutal, especially given the long tenure of many of the employees who were let go. In fact, many of these employees had helped to build the foundations of ESPN, according to Sports Illustrated.
Then, ESPN let go of roughly 100 journalists and on-air personalities last April. During this round of layoffs, the company declared that it was trying to better utilize all of their resources, which involved making the difficult decision of letting go of some employees.
Over the past several years the company has been losing its appeal to many Americans. The network dropped in households from roughly 100 million in 2011 to only 87.5 million households today. It has also been losing ratings in the aftermath of the NFL protests that have greatly hurt the viewership of football games.
A poll recently conducted found that most Americans do not like the national anthem protests. Although there seems to be a clear divide between Republicans and Democrats regarding whether they are acceptable, the majority of Americans are on the side of President Trump in the squirmish between him and the NFL.
And it is even more clear that the majority of NFL viewers do not approve of the NFL protests. To the contrary, they are siding with President Trump, believing that the protests are disrespectful to both the flag and the nation.
The protests first began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to condemn police brutality and racial inequality. But almost overnight, after Trump made some controversial remarks over the weekend, the protests became a statement against President Trump. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops. But it wasn't until Saturday that Trump finally said something in a rally, and it quickly captured headlines.
In recent news, a Democratic House of Representatives candidate just issued an apology after making a controversial comment about Donald Trump and John McCain's brain cancer.