ESPN to lay off some workers

Bristol-based ESPN has confirmed that it is laying off employees, but it won’t say how many.

The sports cable channel says the job cuts will come across its global workforce of 7,000.

The company employs 4,000 people in Connecticut.

ESPN is one of the state of Connecticut’s “First Five” companies. It received a more than $17 million low-cost loan in 2011 for the promise of adding another 200 jobs.

ESPN’s Mike Soltys says this layoff announcement won’t affect the deal.

“Our second digital center, which will be the biggest building on our campus, is on schedule and will open next spring.

Sportscenter will be the first program to broadcast live from that facility. We also have two other construction projects going on on our campus.

The First Five aspect — we remain on track to reach the increase in jobs that were called for in the program.”
Some media reports are putting this latest round of layoffs in the hundreds.