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ESPN Layoffs Signify Company 'Metamorphosis In Real Time'

ESPN Layoffs Signify Company 'Metamorphosis In Real Time'

Layoffs of as many as 100 writers and on-air talent are putting on full display ESPN's struggle to adapt to significant changes created by digital technology, a longtime observer said Thursday.

The Bristol-based sports network announced the start of the layoffs Wednesday, with President John Skipper citing demands for an "increased focus on versatility and value." It's been struggling with falling cable TV subscribers while paying for costly sports league contracts.

James Miller, a writer who has covered ESPN since the early 1980s, said its audience is "starting to see how ESPN is coping with marketplace challenges."

"It's rare when you look at a...

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