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Espn’s Talent Twist: Will Loss of Big Voices Hurt Sports Juggernaut’s Game?

17 July 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

If the New York Yankees jettisoned Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Chase Headley from the team’s roster, fans would likely revolt. What will viewers do now that Espn has cut ties with three of its most singular voices?

It’s no secret that Espn has been bearing down on costs recently. While the Walt Disney-owned sports-media outlet is said to have bid aggressively –and subsequently failed – to keep radio host Colin Cowherd on board, it let both Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons go in decisions that have been framed as ones made with its business in mind. Olbermann’s ESPN2 program wasn’t nabbing the viewers the company needed. And Simmons, despite leading a new sports-and-culture site called “Grantland” and developing into one of the most distinctive sports voices of a generation during his time at Espn, wasn’t going to add as much value through future endeavors as Espn might like, »

- Brian Steinberg

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