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ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
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Broadcast sports giant ESPN is telling employees that pandemic-related layoffs are coming. In addition to the cuts, company president Jimmy Pitaro says 200 open positions will be eliminated.

ESPN To Lay Off 150 Employees

Nov 29, 2017
ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
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On Wednesday, Bristol-based ESPN said the company will lay off 150 employees. This is the third major round of layoffs in the past two years. The company laid off 400 employees in 2015. Last April, it let go about 100 journalists and on-air personalities.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says it condemns Bristol-based ESPN for suspending anchor Jemele Hill after she shared her thoughts about NFL protests on her personal social media page.

ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
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Disney's ESPN is cutting about 300 jobs, or 4 percent of its staff, amid signs that the traditional cable bundle is less far-reaching than it once was.

ESPN spokeswoman Amy Phillips confirmed the number of job losses Wednesday.

The Bristol, Connecticut-based sports channel is one of the linchpins of the traditional cable bundle of hundreds of channels, which is under pressure from viewers migrating online. A few are choosing to bypass paying for a cable subscription entirely, opting instead for a growing number of choices of online TV alternatives.