About 40 writers, producers and editors will be affected by the
decision. Writers who have contracts will be honored. Some will
continue to write for ESPN’s website and produce videos for the
ESPN Films unit.
But an unknown number of others will be leaving. Some of the
site’s most distinctive work, like its television show recaps and
features about movies, will be going away.
“We’re getting out of the pop culture business,” the senior ESPN
ESPN executives are meeting with the affected staffers on Friday
afternoon. Michael Baumann, a freelancer, complained that he found
out about the closure through Twitter, not from the company