Midco Sports Shifts Focus and Eliminates Several Employees: What You Need to Know About the Recent Layoffs

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Midco Sports shifts focus to streaming, lays off TV personalities – InForum

Recently, Midco Sports made the decision to let go of several employees, including popular TV personalities. Sources revealed that on-air voices such as Brian Shawn, David Brown, Jody Norstedt, and others were informed of the layoffs on Tuesday due to budget cuts.

In a statement from Paige Pearson Meyer, the vice president of corporate communications, Midco Sports announced that it plans to focus on enhancing streamed content on Midco Sports Plus and partnership content with universities on its linear channels Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two. As a result of this shift, high school sports and some original programming will no longer be produced or broadcast on their linear channels. This led to the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time team members.

Despite the layoffs, Midco Sports has contracts to air various athletic events such as UND football, hockey, and basketball games, SDSU and USD football and basketball games, and Augustana hockey. The company has assured these schools’ athletic departments that the changes will not affect their existing contracts. Bill Chaves, the athletic director at UND, confirmed this information and expressed confidence in the ongoing partnerships with Midco Sports.

Notable personalities like Brian Shawn, Jody Norstedt, David Brown among others were affected by the layoffs. Shawn known for his play-by-play duties for NDSU football before transitioning to UND football and basketball was one of them along with Jody Norstedt whose focus was high school athletics in North Dakota; David Brown who is the voice of Augustana hockey was also affected by recent restructuring. Despite these changes some employees like Jay Elsen and Taylor Budge were retained in respective locations to continue their roles.

Midco Sports had previously televised quarterfinals and semifinals of Summit League men’s men’s basketball tournament while recent layoffs have had an impact on organization but they remain committed to their partnerships with universities through streaming services enhancements delivery methods through continued collaboration with schools’ athletic departments

By Eleanor Harrison

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