Read reaction to ESPN’s extensive layoffs

ESPN analyst Andy Katz broadcasts from the court during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Quinnipiac and Gonzaga at the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Which laid off ESPN reporter or personality will be missed the most?

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The story:

ESPN laid off dozens of reporters, writers, analysts, talking heads, and behind-the-scenes folks yesterday. If the names were surprising—some of these people had worked at ESPN for decades, and some were practically synonymous with the network—the layoffs themselves were not. They’ve been coming for months, and really they’ve been coming for years. ESPN has been making relatively invisible cuts for a long time. Hundreds of behind-the-scenes people—essential to ESPN’s functioning but unseen by and unknown to viewers—were laid off in Oct. 2015. Thousands of live games aired on ESPN and its sister networks, perhaps a majority of them, are now broadcast remotely, with as few personnel as necessary on-site. It was only a matter of time before the axe swung down on public-facing employees, too, even if the amount of money this saves is relatively trivial.

Former ESPN personality Colin Cowherd:

“I told my producers, ‘Fellas, it’ll never be the same here. You cannot pay four times for the house [more] than what you paid for the house last year. And I said this company will never be the same. It was at that point I started looking, and this is not going to end today. They have really cost-prohibitive contracts, combined with cord-cutting. I said it the next day [in 2015], it’s awful, and it will happen annually for the next decade. These firings are awful. It makes me sick. The good news is most of the people let go are really talented, but this is all about business, and when you have overpaid for products — sometimes six and seven hundred million more than you had to pay — certainly with the NBA that’s the case, they just pay way too much for it. They’re often letting go of the most expensive people they feel they can let go. So there’s a lot of really talented people out there over the next couple of weeks on the market. My feeling about it is that a lot of them are going to land in really good places.”

Deadspin has a running list of ESPN layoffs here.

What do the people think?

On the hockey guys:

Ed Werder:

Trent Dilfer:

Jay Crawford:

Andy Katz:

Britt McHenry:

Yet Stephen A Smith remains:

What do you think? Who will be missed most?

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