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Escalated Cord-Cutting, Rights Fees Among Reasons Cited For ESPN's Massive LayoffsPublished in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 27 / 17
ESPN's layoffs yesterday showed that even the "most formidable media kingdom was vulnerable to the transformation upending the sports broadcasting industry as more and more people turn away from cable," according to Drape & Barnes of the N.Y. TIMES. ESPN is "by far the biggest and most powerful ...
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