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National Football League insider John Clayton the latest victim of ESPN layoffs

01 June 2017, 01:16 | Stacy Ballard

ESPN reportedly lays off Hall of Fame NFL reporter John Clayton

Latest ESPN layoff: Long-time NFL insider let go

Clayton handled it with class, saying his 23-year relationship with ESPN was the second-best of his life after his marriage to his wife Pat, then injected some humor.

On April 26, ESPN laid off dozens of prominent on-air personalities, including Jayson Stark, Ed Werder, Jay Crawford and Dana O'Neil.

The Clayton layoff is part of a wider downsizing in the sports media industry, as reputable names across the board have been laid off this year.

Clayton, 63, confirmed he was included in the wave of recent layoffs at the sports network.

Known as "The Professor" to those in and out of ESPN, Clayton will continue his daily radio show for 710 ESPN KIRO in Seattle, which like 97.5 The Fanatic only licenses the ESPN name.

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Clayton is one of several prominent National Football League reporters and commentators who have been discarded in recent months. He referenced perhaps the best ESPN in-house commercial ever.

ESPN is laying off about 100 employees.

Amidst the layoffs, ESPN has constantly defended their dedication to journalism and their news reporting capabilities. Analysts Charles Woodson, Randy Moss and Matt Hasselback were brought in to take their places on ESPN's two signature studio shows, "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "Monday Night Countdown".

The New York Post separately reported that in the month of May, ESPN lost 3.8 percent of its subscribers, the most for any cable channel.



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