ESPN slashed its on-air NFL staff as part of a large round of layoffs on Friday, sending home several popular football analysts and hosts, according to multiple media reports.
The network’s Monday Night Football coverage was significantly impacted, with Monday Night Countdown pregame host Suzy Kolber and analyst Steve Young both let go. ESPN has a 10-year deal with he NFL for Monday Night Football that is set to start in 2023.
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Sunday NFL Countdown analyst Matt Hasselbeck and NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay were both also released. Several of those on their way out of the company acknowledged the situation on social media.
“Today I join the many hard-working colleagues who have been laid off,” Kolber wrote. “Heartbreaking, but 27 years at ESPN was a good run. So grateful for a 38 yr career! Longevity for a woman in this business is something I’m especially proud of. Next step — a project that gives back.”
Today I join the many hard-working colleagues who have been laid off.
Heartbreaking-but 27 years at ESPN was a good run.
So grateful for a 38 yr career!
Longevity for a woman in this business is something I’m especially proud of.
Next step- a project that gives back. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/URitozP0LQ
— Suzy Kolber (@SuzyKolber) June 30, 2023
Host Max Kellerman and former New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, both part of the recently canceled “Keyshawn, JWill & Max” morning show, were also let go.
On the college side, ACC Network host Jordan Cornette and College Game Day analyst David Pollack were both laid off.
The TV network, known as the “Worldwide Leader” has had several rounds of layoffs, but also just committed $85 million to bring The Pat McAfee Show over from FanDuel.