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Old 03-06-2017, 03:45 PM  
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ESPN reportedly slated for another huge round of layoffs

ESPN is reportedly preparing for another round of cost-cutting ó and this time, the cuts could be even more significant, at least in terms of name recognition.

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March 6, 2017

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News of layoffs in the media industry have become all-too-familiar in recent years, owing to declining user rates and hollowed out advertising revenue.

Even sports media behemoth ESPN hasnít been immune to the trend; weíre barely a year removed from a round of layoffs during which the company shed about 300 employees.

And now ESPN is reportedly preparing for another round of cost-cutting ó and this time, the cuts could be even more significant, at least in terms of name recognition. SIís Richard Deitsch has some of the details in a recent column:

SI has learned that ESPN will have significant cost-cutting over the next four months on its talent side (people in front of the camera or audio/digital screen). Multiple sources said ESPN has been tasked with paring tens of millions of staff salary from its payroll, including staffers many viewers and readers will recognize.

The reasons offered by Deitsch are familiar: ESPNís subscriber base is shrinking ó from 100 million early in 2011 to less than 88 million in a February estimate. Every lost subscriber costs the company more than $8 a month in lost revenue between ESPN and ESPN. Thatís roughly $100 a year per subscriber. Multiply that by 12 million lost subscribers in the last six years and you see a $1.2 billion (per year) deficit from where ESPN could have been if the subscriber base had stayed flat.

Combine that with declining ad revenue ó which caused the stock of Disney, ESPNís parent company, to tumble at its last reporting date last month ó and you have a dangerous mix that leads to layoffs.

That said, the reported layoffs also seem a little disingenuous ó a move designed to appease shareholders more than something truly necessary in the moment.

I say that because even though ESPNís subscriber base has declined steadily in recent years, their fee per user has gone up significantly in the same span. As of mid-2016, the fee for ESPN alone was $7.21 per month ó up more than a dollar from 2014 and more than double what it was in 2007. Basically, ESPN is offsetting lost revenue from lost subscribers by making those who still get the network pay more.

This math is over-simplified with round numbers, but itís still relevant: 88 million subscribers paying $7 a month ($616 million) is more revenue than 100 million subscribers paying $6 a month ($600 million).

Continuously cranking up that fee might be a dangerous game to play since there is a risk of accelerating the spiral of those ditching cable (and therefore ESPN) because of high fees. But sports are a major part of the reason subscribers stick with cable/satellite packages. Whatís another dollar or two to die-hard fans? Weíll find out.
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:48 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:49 PM   #3
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People still watch ESPN? Ridiculous.
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Old 03-06-2017, 03:51 PM   #4
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:00 PM   #5
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keep the live sports and 30 for 30 stuff, but shit can all the tired fake debate shows.
why anyone would want to watch PTI, Around the Horn, and whatever the hell else they have is beyond me. It's horrible, followed closely by sports radio.

gone are the days of just doing highlights (which WAS handy back in the day when you'd want to see who won a particular game etc). Now it's nothing but commentary, political and social, and feel good stories that feel so contrived.
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:01 PM   #6
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Old 03-06-2017, 04:20 PM   #9
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I don't know, but those commercials for SC6 look pretty dumb.

Also...they could probably trim some of their NFL experts....how many of those do they need anyway?

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Old 03-06-2017, 04:35 PM   #14
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The only time I watch ESPN now is if one of my teams is actually playing in a game they're broadcasting. I watch MLB Network for baseball news and NFL Network for football news, and I don't give a **** about anything else. Especially their horseshit liberal agenda pushing.

They can kill the whole damned thing as far as I'm concerned.
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