ESPN Employees Are Reportedly Angry At Pat McAfee Signing Amid Layoffs

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ESPN employees are not happy with Pat McAfee’s signing.

Last month, the NY Post’s Andrew Marchand reported that ESPN was bracing for some big layoffs and that there weren’t many people within the company that were safe.

Via NY Post

ESPN’s latest round of layoffs will have “no sacred cows,” meaning everybody from top on-air people to big-time executives are being scrutinized with the cuts expected to be finalized in the next four to six weeks, The Post has learned.

The moves are a part of layoffs that Disney’s CEO Bob Iger announced were coming across all of the company’s units. Last month, Iger said that 7,000 jobs would be eliminated across the board.

Despite the layoffs, ESPN decided to sign McAfee and give him “more than eight figures per year.”

Apparently, hiring McAfee during layoffs has angered ESPNers.

According to a report from Front Office Sports, current and former ESPN employees ripped the deal.

“Too soon was the reaction I got from a few friends. Some that were let go are still working there until June,” one ex-ESPNer told Front Office Sports. “You are coming to grips with your departure, and then you see a big money signing. It’s not anti-McAfee…it’s your ex getting engaged a month after the breakup.”

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