An unfortunate harsh reality in sports media recently has been layoffs. Whether they’re at ESPN, Fox Sports, regional sports networks, online media or newspapers, many talented people are being let go and are looking for jobs. It doesn’t matter how old, how young, how much seniority or how little one has, the layoffs affect a wide range of employees.
For Fox, that includes multiple Emmy Award-winning producer, Todd Kapostasy who lost his job. As Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch points out, Kapostasy was nominated for six Sports Emmys last year and won four for features that he and others helped produce. This year, he’s nominated for a feature that ran on FS1 called “Mr. 900: The Bill Fong Story,” about a man who loves bowling and is called “a bowling savant.”
Another Kapostasy feature which has been nominated was “Changing Lanes: The Siphiwe Baleka Story,” a former competitive college swimmer who became a truck driver and is training his fellow drivers to get into shape.
As you can see, this is quality work and some very good storytelling. Just two months ago, Kapostasy produced the tease as narrated by Robert De Niro that would be used on Fox’s NFC Championship Game coverage:
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll hear more names of the talented men and women who have been laid off not just from Fox, but other networks. Hopefully, Kapostasy and others will be able to find other work in the industry.