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USA Today Sports Blasted by Layoffs

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Moderator1, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Literally sick to my stomach because at least two old friends are on this list. The Pipeline just informed me USA Today has indeed had a significant round of layoffs

    What I know in sports, though: At least seven are gone.

    The only names I know are Sal Ruibal (cycling/action sports; everyone loves him)
    Mel Antonen (baseball, been there forever).

    (this note followed shortly after that one)

    Skip Wood (nfl obviously...)
    Jerry Potter (golf)
    Matt Eppers (usat.com)
    Charise May ((design)
    and an unknown desk editor
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Insane. I have a former co-worker who works there who I am tremendously relieved to not see on the list.

    Awful. If they're cutting at USA Today, lord knows what else Gannett has planned.
  3. dkphxf

    dkphxf Member

    I know Mel. He helped me learn the baseball clubhouse culture when I interned there and stayed after he had submitted his story to help me with mine. Very sad to see him let go.
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    That list may not be complete, sad to say.
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Mel to MLB.com? Seems like a natural, no?
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

  7. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    I don't know if Jerry Potter has been there since Day 1, but if not, it's damn close.
  8. Hooray4snail

    Hooray4snail Member

    Hal Bodley took a buyout several years ago and went to MLB.com, so Mel following wouldn't be a stretch. He also has guest-hosted on Sirius XM frequently, so he'll probably still have that option.

    But doing it right at the start of the playoffs has to make things even more difficult for those left standing.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Unfortunately, USA Today is one of the places that has more fat to trim than most papers. This place spends a ridiculous amount of money on ridiculous traveling. I know of people who have worked there who have flown to South America to write eight inches of copy.

    As usual, the stupidity of management is being taken out on the workers.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I, too, have a friend/former co-worker who is there and is not on the list. As of now. The insanity is back, it seems.
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member


    Scumbag execs. Go to hell.
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