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Report: Jerome Bettis out at ESPN

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Jerome Bettis is the latest victim of ESPN’s mass layoffs.

Bettis has been let go, Sporting News reports. He joins Trent Dilfer, Danny Kanell and Ed Werder among the recognizable NFL media people who have lost their jobs at ESPN.

With cord cutting taking a significant bite out of ESPN’s revenue stream, the network decided this year to get rid of about 100 employees. Most of those employees have announced via social media that they’re leaving, although Bettis has been quiet.

A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2015, Bettis joined ESPN at the start of the 2013 season.

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  1. yankeemofo says: May 8, 2017 8:47 AM

    I had no idea he was still on the air. I haven’t watched ESPN or clicked on their website in 6 years.

  2. troy43mvp says: May 8, 2017 8:48 AM

    Isn’t ESPN the place not to work now? They are a sinking ship.

  3. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 8, 2017 8:49 AM

    Hallelujah. He was horrible.

  4. walker1191 says: May 8, 2017 8:50 AM

    Bettis was the worst on-air combination of rabid homer and inarticulate mumbler (which is no mean feat when Bart Scott is your competition).

  5. officialgame says: May 8, 2017 8:55 AM

    ESPN now stands for “Especially Stupid Pointless Network”.

  6. riggo08 says: May 8, 2017 8:56 AM

    Like many before him, a great player but never should have been on the air.

  7. terripet says: May 8, 2017 8:56 AM

    Get rid of Ryan Clark and Damian woody

  8. burlingtonbills says: May 8, 2017 8:57 AM

    Any job where Bettis isn’t public speaking, is a good move and one that I support. Great FB player, seems like a great guy, commentating just isn’t his strength.

  9. leroyquimby says: May 8, 2017 8:58 AM

    Why doesn’t ESPN get rid of like 14 of their channels and stream everything else?

  10. dukeearl says: May 8, 2017 9:02 AM

    leroyquimby says:
    May 8, 2017 8:58 AM
    Why doesn’t ESPN get rid of like 14 of their channels and stream everything else?
    ————————-
    How will we see the “Dodgeball Tournaments”?

  11. folec says: May 8, 2017 9:02 AM

    Praise Jesus!

  12. ricko1112 says: May 8, 2017 9:03 AM

    I haven’t watched B$PN since the worldwide leader in lies and misinformation declared war on the Patriots. I hope the layoffs continue and the whole steaming pile of poo in Bristol goes off the air.

  13. floriosnuts says: May 8, 2017 9:04 AM

    I had no earthly idea that he was at ESPN. None at all.

  14. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: May 8, 2017 9:05 AM

    Cable cutting, sure. But the other reason is ESPN seems to me more interested in social justice and the like than sports and it drove viewers away.

  15. zenoracledba says: May 8, 2017 9:06 AM

    Great business model. Pay about 10 times what a product is worth ( the NFL ), and then fire all of your talented staff because you need to cut expenses.

    Bettis was at best a part time employee, but none of this matters because at the end of the day ESPN is doomed to fail as long as they are overpaying for the NFL.

  16. RegisHawk says: May 8, 2017 9:12 AM

    Good, he sucked…little better than listening to Ray Lewis say “He reminds me of a young me”.

  17. bassplucker says: May 8, 2017 9:13 AM

    This is going to go on and on until cable companies get wise and adopt true a la carte channel packaging and/or skinny bundles like Dish.

    People are tired of paying triple digits a month for dozens of channels of crap they never watch. Of which for me and most people I know, the ESPN family of channels now falls into that group.

  18. flakeybiscuits says: May 8, 2017 9:13 AM

    No matter how terrible ESPN has become, I will never stop watching ESPN 8 – The Ocho

  19. exinsidetrader says: May 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    ESPN should just merge with their sister-station MSNBC to save costs.

  20. dwarftosser says: May 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    The only time I ever watch ESPN is when MNF was on. I didn’t even know Bettis was employed by them.

  21. angrydave38 says: May 8, 2017 9:16 AM

    Worst player in the HOF and its not even close.

  22. mindelm42 says: May 8, 2017 9:18 AM

    What did he even do?

  23. cobrala2 says: May 8, 2017 9:18 AM

    I love it… I’ve ignored ESPN for so long I never knew they had Bettis to begin with!

    I wonder if anyone over there’s capable of recognizing it’s not the 90’s anymore and that replacing the faces is completely insufficient.

  24. pastabelly says: May 8, 2017 9:18 AM

    I wouldn’t pay extra for ESPN and get with a sports pack that already includes my local sports channels (NESN and CSSNE) and Red Zone. If you gave me a choice between Red Zone and ESPN, Red Zone wins. ESPN also dumped the NHL, which was annoying, but NBC does a better job with it anyway. Everything works out.

  25. sfsugator says: May 8, 2017 9:20 AM

    When was the last time Sports Center actually showed replays of sports that are going on instead of social media jabs.

  26. dptbs77 says: May 8, 2017 9:20 AM

    Ya think ?!?!

  27. patsfan1960 says: May 8, 2017 9:24 AM

    The day all of ESPN ‘s employee’s go then American will be GREAT again!!

  28. I prefer my Crush to be Orange says: May 8, 2017 9:29 AM

    Now if we could just get him out at the Hall where he doesn’t belong.

  29. 12coltsfan12 says: May 8, 2017 9:33 AM

    hmmm. he hated the pats and couldn’t talk clearly…I thought that made him safe as a baby

  30. johnwaldron8 says: May 8, 2017 9:34 AM

    With Hoge and Bettis gone, who’s going to pick the Steelers every week?

  31. elyasm says: May 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    If they fire Max Kellerman, I might actually start watching them again.

  32. r8rsfan says: May 8, 2017 9:39 AM

    When BSPN decided to take a political stand and drop the NHL they dropped me too.
    Funny thing is, NBC presents a far superior NHL product too.
    Their loss, my gain.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: May 8, 2017 9:40 AM

    “With cord cutting taking a significant bite out of ESPN’s revenue stream”

    How about the lies, plagiarism and horrible on air content? Don’t you think that’s taken a bigger bite than cord cutting?

    I haven’t watched bspn for over 10 years now. Happy to see the worldwide joke of sportscasting falling apart.

  34. rayjayjohnsonjr says: May 8, 2017 9:41 AM

    Glad to see him go

  35. ocgunslinger says: May 8, 2017 9:42 AM

    bassplucker says:
    May 8, 2017 9:13 AM
    This is going to go on and on until cable companies get wise and adopt true a la carte channel packaging and/or skinny bundles like Dish.

    People are tired of paying triple digits a month for dozens of channels of crap they never watch. Of which for me and most people I know, the ESPN family of channels now falls into that group.
    ——————————————————
    I recently cut back my Direct TV subscription of channels from “everything” and a bill of almost $200 to the basic plan only and a cost of less than $50 a month. I don’t miss any major games because I picked up a URL from a gambling site in Europe that broadcasts virtually every major sporting event. They want you to bet of course…..that is not mandatory. I don’t miss all the garbage on TV at all and get to see every sporting event televised for free.

  36. jvw1982 says: May 8, 2017 9:48 AM

    Good to see ESPN slimming down, too many former players hired who couldn’t articulate a thought….I love ESPN it was the best think to come around when it did, 24 hour sports, I remember the day you had to wait up and watch the local news to get the scores…funny how people see liberal and conservative in ESPN, its simply not true, it shows how divided the country has gotten where a persons personal view means you can’t watch him talk about whose the better player or why this team won….crazy…..shows more about who you are than them…..

  37. 4sacroc says: May 8, 2017 9:55 AM

    What is ESPN?

  38. universalcynic says: May 8, 2017 9:56 AM

    For those of you thinking this is a harbinger of doom at ESPN, you may want to pump the brakes.

    Yes, the mass layoffs are certainly visible and cause speculation about the future of the “worldwide leader.” But make no mistake this company is still making at least $7.00 per cable subscriber AND streaming bundles.

    That’s right, ESPN has found a way to still get it’s nut from all the major streaming bundles out there.

    So, laying off talent is just part of them correcting to make sure they hit their absurd profit goals and this beast isn’t dying any time soon.

  39. PFT loves the Steelers says: May 8, 2017 9:56 AM

    Guess he doesn’t agree with Disney’s liberal agenda.

  40. crownofthehelmet says: May 8, 2017 9:57 AM

    With Hoge and Bettis gone, who’s going to pick the Steelers every week?
    —————————–
    I’d say whoever’s left on staff with the highest football IQ.

  41. crappygovernment says: May 8, 2017 9:58 AM

    ESPN = Eisner & Soros Propaganda Network

  42. toldlikeitis says: May 8, 2017 9:58 AM

    Cord Cutting isn’t the reason for ESPNs current situation

  43. metitometin says: May 8, 2017 10:02 AM

    I wish FOX News would go by the way of ESPN. They need to die a slow death so we can have less brainwashing of people that vote against their economic interests.

  44. footballboozer says: May 8, 2017 10:05 AM

    Its amazing that so many of the football homers are getting the ax here.
    After years of lying and losing millions of $$$$, I guess a change is needed.
    I’m glad Disney has started the process of change.

  45. mogogo1 says: May 8, 2017 10:08 AM

    I feel for bad for the people losing their jobs but I’ve been blown away by how many people who worked for them that I’d never, ever seen or heard of.

  46. fordmandalay says: May 8, 2017 10:11 AM

    I’d be willing to bet that none of these firings and ‘cost cutting’ measures extend to ESPN management and top executives – many of whom ‘managed’ them right into their current predicament.

    And I’d also be willing to bet that these same executives will be voting themselves enormous bonuses for their magnificent performance too.

  47. NoIntegrityRoger says: May 8, 2017 10:11 AM

    angrydave38 says:
    May 8, 2017 9:16 AM
    Worst player in the HOF and its not even close.
    ——————————
    Wrong – Joe Namath is in the HOF for guaranteeing a win and winning it. If anyone can argue something than it was a win during the merger, I’d love to hear it.

    Win/Loss – 62-63-4
    TD/Int – 173/220
    Completion Percentage 50.1%

    Playoffs
    Win/Loss – 2-1
    TD/Int – 3/4
    Completion Percentage 42.74%

  48. getyourownname says: May 8, 2017 10:17 AM

    “With Hoge and Bettis gone, who’s going to pick the Steelers every week?”
    ****************
    Maybe I missed it, but I haven’t seen where Hoge was let go by espn.

    I think there’s a requirement that they keep him so that the other “experts” don’t have to worry about finishing last in the picking contest.

  49. getyourownname says: May 8, 2017 10:20 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    May 8, 2017 9:57 AM
    With Hoge and Bettis gone, who’s going to pick the Steelers every week?
    —————————–
    I’d say whoever’s left on staff with the highest football IQ.

    ********************
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

  50. usedjock says: May 8, 2017 10:28 AM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    May 8, 2017 9:05 AM

    Cable cutting, sure. But the other reason is ESPN seems to me more interested in social justice and the like than sports and it drove viewers away.

    I never watch anything in ESPN besides MNF and college game day. Besides that? I could care less they have become a social justice channel in the middle of endless NBA.

    I honestly am thinking of ESPN as the modern day MTV. Eventually they won’t do sports like MTV never does music.

  51. tylawspick6 says: May 8, 2017 10:32 AM

    He is one of the worst HOF entries I’ve ever seen. And, he was one of the worst analysts I’ve ever seen.

    I don’t believe he graduated from college either.

    IQ = 88

  52. 6ball says: May 8, 2017 10:33 AM

    .
    I’ll miss the profound analysis, such as this gem on framegate (translator needed) :

    ” The problem here is, if you can explain to me why the Colts’ balls were not changed in any way at any point in time… if you can tell me that (the weather) affected the Colts balls, then I understand that,” Bettis said. “But from my point of view, you cannot, and (from) nobody’s point of view you can explain the differences with the balls. With that being said, someone knew. Clearly, someone knew. Tom Brady understood what type of ball that he likes. Now, he can say that he didn’t know that it was not at the proper amount. He can say that. But he can’t say that the balls were the same as all the other balls. He can’t say that, because when I felt that ball, I knew that ball was different from the other balls. There’s no question about that.

    “Anybody who’s played this game for a long period of time and has touched the football regularly can tell you the difference. Now you sit there and ask a defensive lineman, yeah, he probably couldn’t tell you. But a guy who handles the football on a regular basis can tell you that a ball is the difference from wherever it was — 10.5 to 12.5. You can tell the difference. That’s not even a question about that part.”

    In other words, Bettis feels “deflategate” is far from resolved.

    “No, it’s not over,” Bettis said. “It’s not over for anyone.”

    .

  53. fujoeboo says: May 8, 2017 10:33 AM

    pastabelly says:
    May 8, 2017 9:18 AM
    …ESPN also dumped the NHL, which was annoying, but NBC does a better job with it anyway. Everything works out.

    I would have to disagree on that one. Thorne & Clement on their worst day were 10 times better than Emmerick/McGuire/and Eddie (The Penguins Homer) Olczyk.

  54. tylawspick6 says: May 8, 2017 10:34 AM

    If they fire Max Kellerman, I might actually start watching them again.

    ———
    That tool is a the token NY/NJ area sports fan. He thinks the world revolves around him and that his teams are all legends.

    Comical to watch his jealousy of Boston sports teams from afar.

  55. saxguru says: May 8, 2017 10:34 AM

    Meh – I actually like the guy. Seems to be a good natured as anyone could ask for.

  56. ihavepriors says: May 8, 2017 10:35 AM

    I will be sad to see Mike Golic get axed. They decided to keep that nerdy, constantly nervous, caffeine hyped Greenberg. Golic’s future is very much up in the air.

  57. delhommed says: May 8, 2017 10:39 AM

    ESPN is garbage. They care more about having on-air diversity than talented, accurate reporting.

  58. sire703 says: May 8, 2017 10:44 AM

    It’s really sad to see the small world some of you live in.

  59. eddievortex says: May 8, 2017 10:49 AM

    exinsidetrader says:
    May 8, 2017 9:15 AM

    ESPN should just merge with their sister-station MSNBC to save costs.
    __________________________________
    ESPN is owned by ABC Broadcasting and Disney.

  60. nbcwantsitsmoneyback says: May 8, 2017 10:52 AM

    You have to wonder how ESPN could pay the NFL 1.9 billion for one garbage match up a week on MNF, while the other 3 networks combined pay 3 billion for every other game?

    No matter how many people get let go by ESPN it won’t make up for poor management decisions.!

  61. racistchecker says: May 8, 2017 10:57 AM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    May 8, 2017 9:05 AM

    Cable cutting, sure. But the other reason is ESPN seems to me more interested in social justice and the like than sports and it drove viewers away.
    ————————————————–
    Interesting viewers like you aren’t interested in justice! Let me guess, you don’t look like the majority of the players?

  62. jackedupboonie says: May 8, 2017 11:00 AM

    this guy………was gifted a ring by the shield, then gifted a job after he finally hung it up. He sits in his chair and just agrees with most things said, but has to explain why the Steelers are the #1 team every year.

  63. jonwill57 says: May 8, 2017 11:13 AM

    @ nbcwantsitsmoneyback says:
    May 8, 2017 10:52 AM

    You have to wonder how ESPN could pay the NFL 1.9 billion for one garbage match up a week on MNF, while the other 3 networks combined pay 3 billion for every other game?

    No matter how many people get let go by ESPN it won’t make up for poor management decisions.!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Yes they did over pay. But unlike Sunday, MNF is the only game on TV. Provided the match-up is a good one, viewership will be/should be very high which means higher revenue for the 300 commercials that occur in the first half…

  64. juliusbrown says: May 8, 2017 11:14 AM

    Now NFL Live might be worth watching again.

  65. sparty0n says: May 8, 2017 11:21 AM

    @metitometin
    As an independent, your comment may be the most ignorant post ever on PFT.

    Want to stay ignorant? Then only listen to one side and their agenda. Want to be informed? Listen to what both sides have to say and find the truth in the middle.

  66. goodguyattorney says: May 8, 2017 11:54 AM

    I watch ESPN for one thing and one thing only – live sports. I haven’t watched a “program” or Sports Center in a couple of years.

  67. tqaztec says: May 8, 2017 11:54 AM

    HOF*

  68. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 8, 2017 12:00 PM

    “Bettis was the worst on-air combination of rabid homer and inarticulate mumbler (which is no mean feat when Bart Scott is your competition).”

    I had no problem understanding Bettis on television but then again I’m not a racist.

  69. kensilisacrook says: May 8, 2017 12:03 PM

    Another addition by subtraction. So why does Stephen A. Smith still have a job? He is incompetent.

  70. nyneal says: May 8, 2017 12:11 PM

    I find it fascinating that at the same time ESPN is getting rid of tv guys, they hired Rex Ryan.
    I mean, he’s the biggest blowhard there is and stunk as a HC. But ESPN has proven over and over again they love to hire jerks like Ryan.

  71. alanhaysgrant says: May 8, 2017 12:18 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 12:00 PM

    “Bettis was the worst on-air combination of rabid homer and inarticulate mumbler (which is no mean feat when Bart Scott is your competition).”

    I had no problem understanding Bettis on television but then again I’m not a racist.
    ——————————————–
    Brilliant, Patsfan!

  72. cjweber5187 says: May 8, 2017 12:27 PM

    flakeybiscuits says:
    May 8, 2017 9:13 AM
    No matter how terrible ESPN has become, I will never stop watching ESPN 8 – The Ocho

    ——————————————————-

    Smh all the racists that confused The Ocho with Deportes and thumbs-downed you.

    Slick reference though 👌🏽

  73. PFT is Lemmy's beach says: May 8, 2017 12:36 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 12:00 PM

    “Bettis was the worst on-air combination of rabid homer and inarticulate mumbler (which is no mean feat when Bart Scott is your competition).”

    I had no problem understanding Bettis on television but then again I’m not a racist.

    Only slightly lower life form than one who constantly cries cheater is the one who ends each accusation with the R word.

    Perhaps you and Jerome went to the same school of unfollowable commentary.

  74. maniacwithaknife says: May 8, 2017 12:37 PM

    All these layoffs and Mike & Mike still have jobs? That is proof that the network is run by Chimpanzees. Does anyone like Mike & Mike? I mean, really, anyone…?

  75. jags2daship says: May 8, 2017 12:40 PM

    He didnt earn those HOF stats when they played Jacksonville. We always stuffed the bus.

  76. badmoonrison says: May 8, 2017 12:43 PM

    ESPN=FAKE SPORTS

  77. InterstellarSuperstar says: May 8, 2017 12:50 PM

    I didn’t even know he was IN.

  78. walker1191 says: May 8, 2017 12:57 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2017 12:00 PM

    I had no problem understanding Bettis on television but then again I’m not a racist.
    ————————————————————–
    Congratulations. I’m sure you can continue to enjoy listening to Jerome speak at his next gig at the used car lot.

  79. sumkat says: May 8, 2017 1:07 PM

    Only guy on that list any good was Dilfer. The rest were all terrible, who cares if they got fired? God forbid someone who isn’t good at their job loses it

  80. twincities90210 says: May 8, 2017 1:15 PM

    mainstream media can eat a big one.

  81. notwhoyouthinkitis says: May 8, 2017 1:19 PM

    “angrydave38 says:
    May 8, 2017 9:16 AM

    Worst player in the HOF and its not even close.”

    ^And we have a winner folks for the ignorant comment of the year so far, bar none! “And its (SIC) not even close.”

  82. bullcharger says: May 8, 2017 1:20 PM

    Love the Bus on the field, but he wasn’t the best on air.

    Sad it hasn’t worked out better for him.

  83. billbrasky72 says: May 8, 2017 1:21 PM

    I had no idea he was even on air.

  84. cafetero1075 says: May 8, 2017 1:23 PM

    I haven’t watched ESPN for a long time. I won’t unless they get rid of Stephen A, Jemelle, Bomani. At lease Skip is gone.

  85. gmen05 says: May 8, 2017 1:31 PM

    Why do they call him the bus?

    Because he’s afraid to fly.

  86. usedjock says: May 8, 2017 2:03 PM

    maniacwithaknife says:
    May 8, 2017 12:37 PM

    All these layoffs and Mike & Mike still have jobs? That is proof that the network is run by Chimpanzees. Does anyone like Mike & Mike? I mean, really, anyone…?

    I think Mike and Mike are getting stale and it has more to do with the endless NBA talk on their show. I think the whole network has just become an NBA network anymore. Sure they bring up football still but not to the level of basketball.
    And I am a fan of basketball I just want to hear about something else once in a while.

  87. Patskrieg says: May 8, 2017 2:07 PM

    Jerome Bettis, who went on live TV and told the world that if you take less than half of 1 PSI out of a football you will never ever fumble it or throw an incomplete pass.

    Should’ve taken a few PSI out of your job description, Bus. Might’ve hung onto your job.

  88. dbroncos59 says: May 8, 2017 2:39 PM

    gmen05 says:
    May 8, 2017 1:31 PM
    Why do they call him the bus?

    Because he’s afraid to fly.

    Beat me to it xD

  89. r8rsfan says: May 8, 2017 3:42 PM

    The bus thrown under himself.

  90. maniacwithaknife says: May 8, 2017 10:37 PM

    Jerome Bettis has no business being enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Not even close. Anyone with a football IQ above a toilet seat knows he’s not worthy. There are dozens upon dozens of other running backs more worthy than him. He isn’t even worthy of licking the dust off the cleats of a guy like Roger Craig.

  91. vtsquirm says: May 9, 2017 9:26 AM

    So many people complain about ESPN. if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Apparently a lot of folks like to watch sports, especially college football and hoops. I appreciate them showing 20 games a day so I don’t have to watch reality tv garbage! Thank you ESPN.

  92. steeler43 says: May 9, 2017 11:08 AM

    Is Ray Lewis still there?

  93. triptomlin says: May 11, 2017 1:04 PM

    Good, he’s a lying punk.

  94. billfchew says: May 12, 2017 2:24 PM

    I never had a problem understanding the Bus. Keep in mind he’s a Notre Dame graduate. The one that didn’t know English was Ray Lewis, and I’m a Ravens fan.

  95. annes22 says: May 13, 2017 8:00 PM

    The one that needs to go is Wendy Nix, she is horrible, but some of the other women are not a lot better. Where are they “digging” these new ones up from?

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