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The Athletic layoffs

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by silvercharm, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    When you hit the same, tired note post after post, you lose the benefit of the doubt.

    Maybe you shouldn't have been a glib jackass all the time.
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  2. My heart goes out to everyone who was let go.

    Been there numerous times, and it always sucks.

    If I can help anyone let me know - drop me a line.
  3. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    John Glennon was canned from his beat covering the Titans ahead of what could be a Super Bowl year?
    Remind me again why I should renew my subscription?
    Liut likes this.
  4. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think mass layoffs are used in part to get rid of staff management considers non-performers. It is easier to sweep people away as part of a layoff rather than calling them into the office and firing them individually. I would bet a lot of money a new Titans reporter emerges quickly.
  5. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    I think there's something to this.

    Logic would have said simply removing a few extra writers from different areas. Some cities even have general assignment reporters or pure features writers, not a beat assignment. Instead, they've removed some writers who were the only ones covering a team or college.
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I get the sense they also eliminated regional areas that I assume weren't showing numbers. I'm not sure if the entire Arizona operation got whacked, but I know the Cardinals, Suns and Coyotes writers were all laid off along with an editor.
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  7. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    The Coyotes writer seemed very prolific, especially since sports stopped.
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  8. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Interesting business decision if they are pulling out of a top-10 market altogether. I am going to guess they will hire someone. Would be odd if they had nobody in Phoenix but kept covering the failing football program at Va Tech.
  9. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    I believe Doug Haller remains on staff. Pretty sure C.J. Holmes is still covering Arizona. I have no knowledge of this, but I suspect they'll rehire for Suns once 20-21 season gets closer. Suns don't have a team in Orlando, so it's going to be a while until they have meaningful news. Can't explain the lack of an Arizona Cardinals reporter.
    Liut likes this.
  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, haven't seen anything about Haller or Holmes so they still may be around.

    The Suns will be in Orlando - they were the last team to make the cut.
  11. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    Perhaps because many people, especially the 40 million Americans who have lost their job, no longer have the discretionary income to use on The Athletic. I'd be willing to bet The Athletic has had a high number of subscribers drop them. Just a thought.
    Liut likes this.
  12. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    If they rehire for a position that was cut, that seems to be pretty strong grounds for a lawsuit based on age discrimination — hiring a young kid to replace a more experienced writer with skins on the wall. Even if the laid-off writer is only 37.
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