An ESPN source provided us with some details on the recent staff cuts. Howie Schwab, who starred on the ESPN 2 game show “Stump the Schwab,” was let go. He had been at the company since 1987.
Schwab made the following statement on his Facebook page.
After 26 years at ESPN, I am extremely disappointed to say farewell. I have been proud of my association and my work during my tenure. I was a loyal employee, displayed respect for others, worked with numerous charities, represented the company well. I always did everything asked of me and more. What did I get in return today … word that I should get lost. The only thing that mattered was my salary, which in my view was the lone reason I lost my job.
The source says ESPN will cancel UNITE, as previously hinted, and one other show described as “small” and not embracing debate. [Deadspin reporting that is Highlight Express] Staffs will be alerted at 6pm. The source also says at least four of ESPN’s international networks will be shut down, in addition to UK.
UPDATE: An ESPN source described the scene as similar to the movie Office Space with employees being called one by one to a conference room to be let go. Severance packages were described as “generous.” The source said some employees let go were being offered new positions within ESPN, for less pay.
blog comments powered by Disqus