For a number of weeks, phrase has circulated that NFL Media, the league-owned on-line and broadcast conglomerate, would scale back workers. On Wednesday, one of many people who misplaced his job equipped a quantity.
“As one of 132 NFL Media layoffs, I misplaced a job I liked after 14 years,” Andy Fenelon tweeted. “Not many individuals can say they lasted that lengthy within the Not For Lengthy league, however I go away with only a few regrets.”
A spokesperson for NFL Media didn’t present an on-the-record response to an inquiry from PFT, and there was no public pushback concerning the accuracy of Fenelon’s quantity. A previous report from FrontOfficeSports.com pegged the looming layoffs at 10 % of the workforce. A number of sources with data of the dynamics and measurement of the operation mentioned that, if the league laid off 132 individuals, that’s most probably greater than 10 % of the whole workers.
No less than one of many NFL Media staff who stay has made clear his disagreement with the event. Jim Trotter, for instance, tweeted final week that it’s “[r]eally unhappy that so many loyal staff who took necessary & voluntary paycuts through the pandemic to assist the corporate, & who got here up with artistic methods to supply content material & restrict $$ losses, could be fired after NFL signed $100B TV deals.”
The obvious slashing of the workforce comes at a time when the league is in search of a extra established media firm to purchase a minority stake within the firm. Trimming any and all precise or perceived fats (together with some muscle and bone) may very well be a part of an effort to make the enterprise extra engaging to an investor.
And, in the end, a enterprise is what it’s. Soccer isn’t household. They are saying “soccer is household” as a result of it’s good for enterprise to say, “Soccer is household.” Soccer, for the NFL, is a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that faces fixed stress to develop and develop and develop. Enhance income, lower prices, pump up earnings. As far past 12.5 PSI as doable.
That’s the sport, at its core. As a result of that’s how enterprise works, in every single place. The particular human beings are valued solely for so long as the worth they bring about outweighs their price to the corporate. The moment that flips, they’re gone.
That applies to the rosters of the 32 groups, to the organizational charts of the 32 franchises, and the league workplace that oversees all of them.
It additionally applies to the human beings who make up the varied fan bases, as of us in St. Louis discovered 5 years in the past, and because the litigation arising from the departure of the Rams not too long ago has made all too clear.