ESPN layoffs include Jeff Van Gundy, Suzy Kolber: What we know

ESPN announced on June 30, 2023 that it was laying off about 20 on-air talent, including some of the network's most well-known commentators, analysts, and journalists.

The layoffs affected a wide range of shows and platforms, including ESPN's flagship show "SportsCenter," its NBA and NFL coverage, and its college football programming. 

 Some of the notable names who were laid off include: – Jeff Van Gundy, a longtime NBA analyst who had been with ESPN since 2007. – Suzy Kolber, an NFL reporter and host who had been with ESPN since 1996.

– Jalen Rose, a studio analyst and a member of the University of Michigan's storied "Fab Five." – Max Kellerman, a boxing commentator and former host of ESPN's "First Take." – Keyshawn Johnson, an NFL analyst and former NFL player. – Steve Young, a former NFL quarterback and analyst.

ESPN said that the layoffs were necessary to "ensure that we are best positioned for the future." The network has been facing declining viewership in recent years, as more and more people are turning to streaming services for their sports content.

The layoffs are the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures that ESPN has taken in recent years. In 2017, the network laid off about 300 employees, and in 2020, it laid off about 600 employees.

It is unclear what the long-term impact of the layoffs will be on ESPN. However, it is clear that the network is facing a number of challenges, and that it is making changes in order to adapt to the changing media landscape. 

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