Money is tight across sports media, and many people are losing their jobs because of it.
This week, two editors of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy hockey blog tweeted that they had been laid off. Both said they’d been told the decision was “budgetary.”
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— Jen Neale (@MsJenNeale_PD) May 17, 2017
Yesterday I was informed that I am no longer with Yahoo for budgetary reasons. Appreciative of my time there but excited for what's next
— Josh Cooper (@JoshuaCooper) May 17, 2017
As far as we can find, no other Yahoo employees have announced they’ve been laid off, but we’ll keep an eye out over the next few days.
It is unclear whether cuts at Yahoo will be confined to the hockey staff or whether they’ll affect other sports as well.
Yahoo as a whole has struggled financially for quite a while and last year sold itself to Verizon. Now, the company’s larger problems seem to be affecting its sports operation. Last month, Recode reported that NBA breaking news ace Adrian Wojnarowski will leave Yahoo for ESPN this summer and take some of the staff at The Vertical with him. Though Wojnarowski has not confirmed that report, he also has not denied it.
At this point, layoffs are a part of the sports media industry that aren’t going away any time soon, but it’s still jarring to see so many people lose their jobs in such a short period of time. And for hockey fans, it’s particularly upsetting that both ESPN and Yahoo seem to be scaling back their hockey coverage.
We’ll update this post if we hear anything more about Yahoo Sports’ layoffs.