top of page

ESPN's Shocking Layoffs: A Closer Look at the Departure of Sports Broadcasting Icons

In a stunning turn of events, ESPN, the once broadcasting sport giant, has announced a series of layoffs that have sent shockwaves throughout the sports media landscape. The list of casualties reads like a who's who of sports broadcasting, including names like Suzy Kolber, Todd McShay, Keyshawn Johnson, Jeff Van Gundy, Jalen Rose, Max Kellerman, David Pollack, Matt Hasselbeck, Steve Young, Jason Fitz, Vince Carter, and Mark Jackson. This move has left fans, colleagues, and the industry as a whole in a state of disbelief.

Suzy Kolber

The departure of Suzy Kolber is particularly heartbreaking for NFL fans. As a prominent NFL host, Kolber has been a mainstay of ESPN's football coverage for years. Her on-air presence, insightful commentary, and ability to connect with players and coaches have made her a beloved figure in the sports world. Her absence will undoubtedly leave a void in the network's NFL coverage.

Todd McShay

Another notable name on the list is Todd McShay, ESPN's NFL Draft analyst. McShay's in-depth knowledge of college football prospects and his analysis of the NFL Draft have been instrumental in helping fans understand the future stars of the league. His departure raises questions about his replacement in the draft coverage.

Keyshawn Johnson

Keyshawn Johnson, a former NFL player turned analyst, brought a unique perspective to ESPN's coverage. His frank and candid insights, coupled with his charismatic presence, made him a standout among NFL analysts. His departure will leave a gap in the diverse range of voices that ESPN has cultivated over the years.

Jeff Van Gundy

The layoffs also extend to the NBA realm, with Jeff Van Gundy and Jalen Rose being significant losses. Van Gundy, a former NBA coach turned broadcaster, has been a fixture in ESPN's NBA coverage for years. His deep understanding of the game and his ability to break down complex plays have made him a respected figure among basketball fans.

Jalen Rose

Jalen Rose, a former NBA player and charismatic analyst, has also been let go. Rose's unique blend of on-court experience and engaging analysis made him a favorite among fans, especially on programs like "NBA Countdown." His departure will undoubtedly alter the dynamic of ESPN's NBA coverage.

Max Kellerman

Max Kellerman was most known for his role as a co-host on "First Take," brought a spirited and opinionated voice to the network. He originally was brought in to replace Skip Bayless who left for "Undisputed" with Shannan Sharp. He would debate with fellow co-host Stephen A. Smith often fueled lively discussions among sports fans. After his time on First take, he hosted a radio show in the morning with Jay Williams and Keyshawn Johnson who also got laid off by the network. At one time, he also had his own show called the Max Kellerman Show which took place on tv from 2PM EST until 4PM EST Monday through Friday.

David Pollack

The layoffs also extended into the college football and NFL arena. Affecting analysts like David Pollack and Matt Hasselbeck. Pollack's insights into college football and his passionate analysis made him a recognizable face during game broadcasts.

Matt Hasselback

Hasselbeck, a former NFL quarterback, brought his firsthand knowledge of the game to the network's football coverage. Hasselbeck did call some games as a color commentator for certain college football games. However, during his time with the mothership, the former Seahawk QB was on NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown. "NFL Countdown" and "Monday Night Countdown" was on every Sunday and Monday in the regular and postseason.

Steve Young

The loss of Steve Young, a Hall of Fame quarterback turned analyst, is another blow to ESPN's football coverage. Young's ability to break down quarterback play and provide unique insights from a player's perspective made him a valuable asset to the network.

Jason Fitz

In the world of radio broadcasting, Jason Fitz's departure is deeply felt. Fitz's energetic hosting style and his ability to connect with fans on various platforms made him a prominent voice in sports radio. Jason Fitz hosted a radio show with former NFL WR Harry Douglas. Before that, Jason Fitz and Sarah Spain teamed up to host the show "Spain and Fitz".

Vince Carter

The potential departure of Vince Carter, an NBA panelist and former player, would mark the end of a player-turned-analyst journey that has become increasingly popular in sports media. Carter's insights into the game, garnered from his extensive playing career, have provided fans with a unique perspective.

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson, another former player and coach, has been a co-host during the NBA Finals. His in-depth knowledge of the game and his ability to break down strategic elements have added depth to ESPN's NBA coverage.

The reasons behind these layoffs are not entirely know, and the move has sparked debates about the future direction of ESPN's programming. However, the reason for his release was likely because he was getting replaced by former 76ers coach Doc Rivers as host of the NBA Finals. Jackson was also not pleased with the network removing his close friend Jeff Van Gundy. The network has been a dominant force in sports media for decades, but recent shifts in media consumption habits and the rise of digital platforms have posed challenges to traditional broadcasting models.


As fans and colleagues bid farewell to these beloved sports personalities, one thing remains certain: their contributions to sports media have left an indelible mark. Their insights, analysis, and personalities have enriched the experience of sports fans around the world, and they will be missed. As the landscape of sports media continues to evolve, it's a reminder that even the most established institutions must adapt to stay relevant in a rapidly changing industry. The other names that have been released by ESPN are down below.

  • Rob Ninkovich, NFL analyst and former Patriots player

  • Neil Everett, longtime SportsCenter Anchor

  • Neil Everett, longtime SportsCenter Anchor

  • Chris Chelios, NFL analyst and Hall of Fame player

  • Nick Fridell, longtime NBA reporter

  • Ashley Brewer, SportsCenter anchor

  • LaPhonso Ellis, college basketball analyst, former player

  • Jordan Cornette, college basketball analyst

  • Andre Ward, Boxing analyst and former champion

  • Doug Kezirian, betting analyst

  • Gene Wojciechowski, college football reporter

Like what you see? Subscribe on Youtube along with following me on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter. Buy Now on the website with our new merchandise and Subscribe.

4 views0 comments


bottom of page