ESPN last week laid off 100 content-creating employees in a round of cost cuts. While cord-cutting has been widely blamed for the network’s troubles and the resulting layoffs, that’s a bit of an over-simplification. The real challenge is the traditional pay TV bundle is breaking apart and ESPN’s role as a must-have network is starting to crumble. I ran a survey on who watches ESPN last week and the results shed a little more light on the fundamental challenge for ESPN.
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