ESPN Laying Off 300 Employees in COVID-19 Related Cuts

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Hundreds of people at the Worldwide Leader in Sports are going to be looking for new work. This week, it was announced the ESPN would be laying off 300 employees due to cuts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

If there is any silver lining in the announcement, it is for on-air personalities who are not expected to be impacted immediately. The company will also not fill 200 currently vacant positions as the pandemic continues.

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro announced the news in a company-wide email.

“However, building a successful future in a changing world means facing hard choices. Making informed decisions about how and where we need to go – and, as always, in the most efficient way possible – is by far the most challenging job of any leadership team,” Pitaro said in a statement. “And, while it must be done looking through a business lens, it also must be done with great respect and genuine concern for people.”

“We are parting ways with many exceptional teammates, all of whom have made important contributions to ESPN. These are not easy decisions, and we will work hard to make their transitions easier.”

The New York Post has the full statement.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 9.28 million confirmed cases and 231,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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