MLBAM Lays Off More Than 50 People In Latest Reorganization
MLBAM this week laid off more than 50 people as it continues its reorganization that is unifying baseball’s digital operations with the rest of league functions. Among the departments involved were editorial and video support services and business development. The move follows a similar wave of about 30 people laid off in January that also included staffers from MLBAM’s content department along with consumer products execs STEVE ARMUS and GREG SIM. Both sets of layoffs follow a large-scale review of league functions led by MLB Commissioner ROB MANFRED and involving McKinsey & Co. to streamline operations and eliminate prior duplication between MLB and MLBAM. Those efforts took on a heightened state following last summer’s acquisition of a majority stake in BAMTech by Disney and then the departure last fall of former MLB President of Business & Media BOB BOWMAN.