ESPN’s massive layoffs are seemingly a part of a complete overhaul of the company on the TV side and the editorial side. There were no real clarifications about what the worldwide leader was thinking when it laid off people like Marc Stein, Andy Katz, Ed Werder and others, but it does seem like there is a plan in place.
Recode reported Monday that ESPN is bringing in star NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski to the company. The tech website reported that ESPN also plans to bring in some of the talent seen on The Vertical, along with Woj. His first day is expected to be June 22, according to Recode.
Yahoo itself is in the middle of some flux. The company was bought by Verizon for $4.5 billion last June and is reportedly undergoing a name change as well. Verizon will lose a key asset in Woj who signed with Yahoo for a deal reportedly worth millions. He also launched The Vertical, which could be likened to Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback.
Deadspin had previously reported Woj’s soon departure.