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ESPN may have another round of layoffs — it doesn’t look good

ESPN North Campus

More layoffs could be on the way at the Worldwide Leader in Sports in Bristol.

Sources told Sporting News on Friday that up to 60 people may be let go before the end of the year.

The cuts come from growing numbers of viewers unsubscribed from the cable channel, even as it’s paying for costly long-term TV deals with pro sports leagues.

It was reported that ESPN was told by its parent company, Disney, to “trim $100 million from the 2016 budget and $250 million in 2017.”

Michael McCarthy of Sporting News reports ESPN could cut another 40-60 positions in late November or early December.

The layoff will target both on-air  talent and behind-the-scenes production staffers.

ESPN cut over 100 on-air personalties, writers and staff in April as the sports network loses cable subscribers to “cord-cutting” and faces increased pressure on costs.

ESPN has billion-dollar TV rights for the NFL, NBA and other sports. The network pays $1.9 billion annually for “Monday Night Football” and another $1.4 billion for the NBA.

This would be the third significant roundup of job cuts at ESPN in recent years.

Bristol based ESPN also laid off 300 behind-the-scenes producers, programmers and editors in October of 2015.

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