ESPN employees are reportedly upset over the network’s decision to hire former NFL punter Pat McAfee to a $30 million per year deal, while also laying off hundreds of other employees.
McAfee, who retired from the NFL in 2017, has no prior experience in sports broadcasting. However, he has a large following on social media and is known for his charisma and personality.
The layoffs at ESPN have affected hundreds of employees, many of whom have been with the network for decades. Some employees have expressed anger and frustration that the network would spend so much money on a new hire while also letting go of loyal employees.
ESPN has not commented on the employee backlash.