Marc Stein Layoff From ESPN Gains Attention From Sports Journalism Community On Social Media
By Shawn Rice
Marc Stein confirmed his departure from ESPN as one of the many people laid off recently. The long-time NBA writer joined the ranks of senior reporters who were laid off by ESPN this week. Stein said he was “grateful” to his audience. Subsequently, fellow members of the sports journalism community shared their thoughts.
Informed I’m among ESPN’s layoffs. But basketball, as they say, never stops. To readers/viewers/listeners/countless colleagues … grateful
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 28, 2017
Stein began writing for ESPN.com in 2000 and signed on full-time in 2002 to serve as the site’s senior National Basketball Association writer. He also makes regular broadcast appearances as a reporter and analyst for SportsCenter, NBA Shootaround, NBA Fastbreak, NBA Coast to Coast, ESPNEWS, and ESPN Radio. He is also the co-host of Soccer Today, a radio show/podcast that airs on KESN ESPN 103.3 in Dallas.
The news of Stein’s firing was met with immediate shock from many on social media. Stein has been one of ESPN’s best reporters for a while and is constantly at the forefront when it comes to breaking news. No doubt, he will find work quickly but still comes as a disappointment for fans of his who currently watch or read ESPN.
Here are some reactions from fellow journalists on social media. What do you think of Stein’s layoff at ESPN? What do you think of the overall layoffs? Let us know in the comments section.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) April 28, 2017
— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) April 28, 2017
I hate this. Great reporter, great man, great friend…. https://t.co/4jpkep94ru
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) April 28, 2017
Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how we feel about you, too. https://t.co/lA3gEriey4
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 28, 2017
Marc couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful to me during my time working with him. As good as it gets. https://t.co/KXqBO0ZatC
— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzNYDN) April 28, 2017
@ESPNSteinLine You have been an integral part of my basketball experience for years. I barely remember the league without you. Good things for the future.
— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) April 28, 2017
I am going to privately fund @ESPNSteinLine to cover Dirk’s final season.
— Andy Cook (@andytoddcook) April 28, 2017
@ESPNSteinLine You are truly a pro’s pro. Ive read your stuff for as long as I can remember. Thank you for giving us something to aspire to.
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) April 28, 2017
@ESPNSteinLine Crikey. Marc, really enjoyed working with you. The FA Cup diary we worked on together remains a highlight. Cheers to you