On April 26, ESPN began laying off several of its big-name employees to save money. Because of pricey league contracts, cord cutting and reduced advertising revenue, NFL insider John Clayton, who has been with the sports network for 23 years, was added to that list on Wednesday.
Neither ESPN nor Clayton have shared the news, but Sporting News reporter Michael McCarthy is reporting that “The Professor” is no longer with the network.
Along with Clayton, longtime reporters Ed Werder, Jayson Stark and Dana O’Neil were among ESPN’s primary cuts. Surprisingly, Werder was asked to cover the New Orleans Saints during the NFL draft days after being fired. An estimated 100 ESPN employees have lost their jobs in recent weeks.