ESPN elim­i­nat­ing 150 jobs in cut­backs

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ESPN said it is elim­i­nat­ing 150 stu­dio and pro­duc­tion em­ploy­ees as the sports broad­cast­ing gi­ant con­tin­ues to shift its fo­cus to a more dig­i­tal fu­ture.

The com­pany said the lay­offs don’t in­clude on-air tal­ent and will have a min­i­mal im­pact on the net­work’s sig­na­ture Sport­sCen­ter news pro­gram.

The com­pany said it will grow its busi­ness in sev­eral key ar­eas, in­clud­ing the planned launch early next year of “ESPN+”, an app-based ser­vice that will al­low view­ers to pur­chase sport­ing events a la carte.

“It’s not some­thing I’m wor­ried about for the rest of my life. ... I know what I signed up for. It’s a glad­i­a­tor sport.”

—Fal­cons run­ning back Devonta Free­man, about his sec­ond con­cus­sion this year and third in three years

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