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Sources: ESPN Laying Off Hundreds (Deadspin)
ESPN laid off a portion of its staff Tuesday, a network spokesman confirmed to us. How many? ESPN won’t say. A tipster told us earlier that it would be more than 400 staffers. A source at ESPN said that number is a little high, but it appears to be in the hundreds. FishbowlNY An ESPN spokesperson emailed to tell us that they hadn’t cut 400 staffers. When we asked how many were let go, “We’re not getting into particulars but it is fewer than 400″ was all we got back. USA Today / Big Lead Sports According to an ESPN source, the layoffs will come mostly, but “not exclusively,” from tech and sales departments (think regional offices: Denver, Las Vegas, Seattle). ESPN is reviewing its entire studio production department over the next three-to-four weeks, which is about 2,800 employees. It is possible some shows will be cut. These layoffs are part of a Disney-wide process. THR News of layoffs comes less than two weeks after Disney’s media networks segment rose 6 percent to $4.96 billion, with operating income up 8 percent to $1.86 billion. One of the company’s most consistently lucrative properties, ESPN has enjoyed increased affiliate revenue in 2013.
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Former ESPN anchor and current Good Morning America host Robin Roberts will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYS in Los Angels on July 17.
The award is presented annually to “individuals whose contributions transcend sports,” and Roberts definitely fits the bill.
In the past six years, Roberts has battled and defeated not only breast cancer but myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood disorder. Roberts was able to bring public awareness to both diseases during her fight and recovery. After five months off following a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Roberts returned to GMA last month.
“Robin brings an amazing amount of energy, compassion and determination to everything she does. Those qualities made her an incredible asset during her time here at ESPN, and they have served her well as she battled the terrible health challenges that she’s had to face,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “Robin’s accomplishments in so many areas – as an athlete, a broadcaster, a cancer survivor and more – demonstrate her ability to shine regardless of adversity and we could not be more proud to honor her as the recipient of this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.”
The 2o13 ESPYS will take place once again from the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live.
What happens when you give a loose cannon like Bill Walton a live mic in Las Vegas?
A couple of cringe-worthy moments for the suits at ESPN.
Walton was calling Oregon vs. Washington at the Pac-12 tournament Thursday night and dropped a couple of broadcasting bombs that had Twitter buzzing.
First up, Walton on Ray Lewis:
Walton is making a reference to Lewis’ 2000 arrest following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. The retired linebacker officially joined ESPN as an analyst on Wednesday. Maybe the murder joke was just hazing on Walton’s part? Welcome to ESPN, Ray.
Former UCLA legend Bill Walton is an acquired taste when it comes to his broadcasting career.
Some find his broadcast style to be grandiose while others (like myself) think he’s a breath of fresh air who isn’t afraid to speak his mind.
For example, Walton didn’t hold back during Thursday’s ESPN broadcast of UCLA vs. Washington. Attendance at Pauley Pavilion was sparse to say the very least and Walton pointed the finger directly at Bruins head coach Ben Howland.
Via The Big Lead:
Pasch: “OK, well, that’s obvious. How do you play better basketball?”
Walton: “Better style.”
Pasch: “Alright, so, is that the coach? Is that the players?”
Walton: “It’s the coach.
Pasch: “So you’re not a Ben Howland fan?”
Originally, Simmons was reportedly going to join Stan Van Gundy on the show, but when FishbowlLA contacted ESPN last month, they were unable to confirm the news. The former Orlando Magic head coach explained last week the reason why he didn’t get the job had to do with NBA commissioner David Stern, who reportedly nixed the idea. Read more
Arnold Schwarzenegger has pretty much turned into a punch line at this point in his life.
But before he nearly destroyed the state of California and acting as we know it, Schwarzenegger was part of the Austrian Army as a teen.
Arnold’s Blueprint, as part of Grantland’s 30 for 30 Shorts, touches on this topic in a 12-minute film that was released on Wednesday. If you ever wondered how Schwarzenegger got involved in bodybuilding, then this is the film for you.
Michael and Jeff Zimbalist, the two men responsible for the incredible 30 for 30 film The Two Escobars, directed the short.
The 30 for 30 Shorts will air monthly on Grantland and Schwarzenegger will join Bill Simmons on The B.S. Report podcast on Tuesday.
Former NBA guard Jalen Rose has gone on to become quite the rising star at ESPN as an analyst and network personality. Part of what makes him stand out from the rest of the retired jocks is his honesty, a trait he displayed on his Monday podcast.
“I think I did it on purpose,” Rose told Grantland.com. “I can’t say that it was an accident. Kobe Bean Bryant goes up for a jump shot out on the right wing. I contest the jump shot. Kobe lands on my foot. He hobbles off and actually misses the next game. If it was up to me, he should’ve just missed the whole series. I would’ve had a championship ring and it would’ve been no harm, no foul.”
As Rose jokes, not only did he not get a championship ring, he was a member of the Toronto Raptors when Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in 2006.
[H/T LA Times]
SbB has learned Chris Broussard & Jon Barry won’t returm to ESPN’s NBA studio. Added to show: @sportsguy33 & Stan Van Gundy
— SPORTSbyBROOKS (@SPORTSbyBROOKS) September 11, 2012
In the latest sign that Bill Simmons is the most powerful man at ESPN, the columnist and man behind Grantland will reportedly join ESPN’s NBA studio show this season.
However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA.
“We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill, same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.”
Former UCLA football player and ESPN high school analyst Nick Ekbatani was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.
He was reportedly struck on his left side by a taxi cab and had to have his leg amputated as a result. Ekbatani played offensive guard at UCLA from 2006-09 after a successful high school career at South High School in Torrance.
Following graduation, Ekbatani was hired by ESPN as a football coordinator, specializing in offensive and defensive lineman.
For more information on how you can donate to help pay for a prosthetic leg, check out Nick’s Go Fund Me page.
The 20th anniversary of the ESPY Awards drew 2.4 million viewers on Wednesday night, successfully recovering from record-low ratings in 2011.
According to Sports Media Watch, it was the second-largest audience for a live edition of the award show.
The 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 was the highest rated cable original of the night.
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