Jalen Rose, former Michigan standout, reportedly part of ESPN layoffs
Jalen Rose is reportedly out at ESPN. The former Michigan star is 1 of the many personalities being laid off by the sports network, according to Andrew Marchand and Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post.
Earlier Friday morning, Marchand reported that the ESPN purge was expected to report in 20 on-air personalities being let go. Fellow basketball broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy was the first big name to emerge in the layoffs.
After his Michigan career (1991-94), Rose played in the NBA from 1994-to-2007. After retiring from the league, he joined ESPN in 2007.
Rose began as a “SportsCenter” analyst before becoming an “NBA Countdown” host in 2012. During his time with ESPN, he also contributed to the website Grantland, hosted the radio show “Jalen and Jacoby” and produced the documentary “The Fab Five” about his Wolverine teammates.
ESPN PR released a statement on the layoffs Friday:
“Given the current environment, ESPN has determined it necessary to identify some additional cost savings in the area of public-facing commentator salaries, and that process has begun. This exercise will include a small group of job cuts in the short-term and an ongoing focus on managing costs when we negotiate individual contract renewals in the months ahead. This is an extremely challenging process, involving individuals who have had tremendous impact on our company. These difficult decisions, based more on overall efficiency than merit, will help us meet our financial targets and ensure future growth.”
We’ll see what’s next for Rose.