Bet­tis gets benched by ESPN

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Hall of Famer and NFL an­a­lyst Jerome Bet­tis is the lat­est to fall vic­tim to the mas­sive round of job cuts at ESPN.

An ESPN source told The Wash­ing­ton Post that all em­ploy­ees were in­formed of their lay­offs at the same time and that some have cho­sen to com­plete as­sign­ments at, for in­stance, the NBA and NFL drafts.

The net­work chose, though, to let the em­ploy­ees share their sta­tus pub­licly rather than an­nounc­ing just who was be­ing laid off.

Among the big­gest NFL names to emerge are Trent Dil­fer, Danny Kanell and Ed Werder.

Bet­tis has not com­mented on his sta­tus, which was first re­ported by the Sport­ing News’ Michael McCarthy.

Oth­ers laid off in­clude Jayson Stark, Britt McHenry, Marc Stein, Andy Katz, Jade McCarthy, Jaymee Sire, Chris Has­sel, Jay Crawford and Sara Walsh, who learned of her lay­off the day af­ter she had re­turned to Bris­tol, Conn., from ma­ter­nity leave.

Bet­tis, a for­mer Pitts­burgh Steeler known as “The Bus,” joined the net­work in 2013 and ap­peared on “NFL Live,” “Sport­sCen­ter” and ESPN Ra­dio.

Be­fore that, he worked for NBC Sports and the NFL Net­work.

Bet­tis cap­i­tal­ized on his pop­u­lar­ity by mov­ing right from the Steel­ers’ Su­per Bowl XL vic­tory into broad­cast­ing.

He joined NBC’s “Foot­ball Night in Amer­ica,” but was re­placed by Tony Dungy and Rod­ney Har­ri­son in 2009.

So far, about three-quar­ters of the 100 laid-off em­ploy­ees have gone pub­lic with the news.

Jerome Bet­tis

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