As has too often been the case in the world of sports media, Yahoo Sports has seen a few rounds of layoffs in recent years. Today, longtime Yahoo Sports editor Kevin Kaduk announced on Twitter that he’s been let go by the Verizon-owned company.
Some winter meetings news: After 12 great years, I’ve been DFA’ed by Yahoo Sports as part of the latest round of layoffs.
It was an unbelievable ride but I’m excited for what’s next. DMs are open for anyone looking for a versatile, energetic and forward-thinking leader.
— Kevin Kaduk (@KevinKaduk) December 11, 2019
Kaduk had been with Yahoo Sports since 2008, and his accomplishments included the creation of Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog, a forerunner for sports verticals and a key component to Yahoo’s sports portfolio. Kaduk had been lead editor since 2013. The outpouring of support was immediate on Twitter.
Read this one, then go back and read all the others. And it goes without saying: Hire Kaduk. If you need an LSU-style strong-ass endorsement, you know how to find me
— Joey Gulino (@JGulinoYahoo) December 11, 2019
Kaduk is amazing, he saw that I had the ability to write about sports beyond baseball, which is why I'm doing what I'm doing today. As a boss and editor he was kind and understanding, with a sharp pen and an eye for humor. He's great and I'll miss him and you should hire him. https://t.co/asIivmgGWz
— Liz Roscher (@lizroscher) December 11, 2019
This hurts a lot, and it hurts a lot because Kaduk is so great in so many ways. My DMs are also open and I will offer the strongest endorsement imaginable if any of you are smart enough to ask
— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) December 11, 2019
This one hurts.
But to follow on what Kevin said, I’ll open my DMs and offer up the strongest endorsement for him that’s possible. You need him on that wall. https://t.co/pQXdOvk5o8
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) December 11, 2019
Sorry to hear Kaduk. Big League Stew should’ve never disappeared. It was innovative, unique and hilarious. Best of luck in your future endeavors. Hope we cross paths again soon.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) December 11, 2019
thank you for everything, KK ❤️
— Sam Cooper (@SamDCooper) December 11, 2019
Highlight of the last seven years has been working alongside one of my best friends. Big loss and it sucks.
— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) December 11, 2019
Their string of bad decision making continues. Long live Grandstanding!
— Sean Leahy (@Sean_Leahy) December 11, 2019
I"m incredibly sad to hear this, and stunned. You're the best, man. To what's next!
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) December 11, 2019
There are many, many more like those. Hopefully wherever Kaduk goes next will have ownership more aware of how to capitalize on quality work, but given the overall landscape (hellscape?) right now, that’s certainly far from a given.