Dan Patrick hasn’t been at ESPN for more than a decade, but he was shocked to see the hammer fall so hard on the network’s employees last month. As the network’s profits slipped amid a changing television sports landscape, hundreds of staffers were let go by ESPN in a very public blood bath.
Patrick sat down with Awful Announcing for a question and answer piece that included a reaction from the longtime SportsCenter broadcaster on the fate of his former peers.
I never thought in a million years that this would happen at ESPN. But it just goes to show there are empires, and there are empires that fall. And ESPN is bleeding now. They’re still the worldwide leader, but for this to happen, it’s a wakeup call for everybody in the business.