ESPN layoffs: Philly guys Jayson Stark and Andrew Brandt open up about losing their jobs
Jayson Stark and Andrew Brandt both open up about finding out they had lost their jobs at ESPN.
It's been nearly two weeks since ESPN made the decision to lay off 100 employees, and we're still finding out who some of those names are.
Among the biggest names in the latest round of cutbacks at the network, forced mostly by increasingly expensive league contracts and the growth of cord-cutting, was longtime baseball reporter Jayson Stark.
"I didn't see it coming," Stark said during an appearance on the Mike Missanelli Show on 97.5 The Fanatic. "I was really surprised by it."
Stark wasn't the only one surprised by the news. The longtime baseball writer received hundreds of messages from players, coaches, owners, and even the occasional rock star after news of his layoff spread across the internet.
While Stark said he was overwhelmed with the response he's received (a tweet he sent announcing he was let go garnered more than 2 million impressions), he did note that he was a bit upset that one of his Twitter followers didn't reach out to him.
"I haven't heard anything from [Jerry] Seinfeld," Stark joked. "I'm a little down about that."
"I'm definitely going to stay in baseball. In fact, there's a very strong possibility I'll do something very similar to what I did before," Stark said. "I just don't know yet. I'm going to take my time and not rush into anything."
In fact, during his six years with the network, Brandt appeared on a variety of shows, such as SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, and the now-canceled NFL Insiders, almost always under a new title — NFL business analyst, sports legal analyst, sports business analyst, labor analyst, etc. But that versatility didn't save Brandt, who announced on Twitter last week that he was among the cuts at the network.
"Well, that's not a good sign," Brandt told himself. "No one wants to hear that they're called into a meeting with the human resources department."
"I think the most realistic explanation is simple corporate finance, where for whatever reason Disney, the parent company, said, 'We need this much off your books by a certain time,' " Brandt said. "All of these millions of dollars of salaries are now in a write-down to show their corporate head … that they've done this."
"Hopefully, smart, measured analysis will still have a home," Brandt said. "We'll see where it goes from here."