ESPN is looking to save millions of dollars in what it pays its on-air and online sportscasters and writers, sources have told The NYPost.
ESPN’s plan is simple: not renewing deals, offering lesser contracts or just small increases.
It may seem normal, but sources say, ESPN is trying to slow down the percentage of growth, year-to-year, it pays its front-facing personnel and is adding extra scrutiny in determining future salaries.
ESPN declined comment.
Under former ESPN president John Skipper, the high-end talent contracts grew, with Mike Greenberg ($6.5 million), Michelle Beadle ($5 million) and Katie Nolan (more than $1 million), among others.
At the same time, Skipper presided over hundreds of layoffs that affected on-camera and online personnel, as well as those behind the scenes.
Under current ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro, the high-earning top performers, who can directly point to ratings — such as Scott Van Pelt, Stephen A. Smith and Dan Le Batard — will still get paid, but big earners who aren’t producing will be scrutinized more heavily and could be in trouble.