As if sports as we know it have not already changed enough, we also will be losing a couple of familiar faces from our broadcasts. Longtime Philadelphia Eagles insider Derrick Gunn and Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy were among a slew of staffers who were laid off from NBC Sports Philadelphia, when NBC Universal made massive layoffs across the country this week. One thing is for sure, the Philadelphia media landscape will not be the same.
Fans, colleagues, former players, and current players made their displeasure with these decisions known on Twitter. One user, referring to the layoffs as “Red Wednesday,” a reference to the “Red Wedding” in Game of Thrones.
It has been reported that NBC regional networks aim to remove sideline reporters altogether and that after their current seasons are over Sixers Serena Winters and Flyers Taryn Hatcher will either move on to new roles or new jobs. While other notable names include the senior director of communications Maureen Quilter, writer for The 700 Level Enrico Campitelli, Sixers writer Paul Hudrick, and Flyers analyst Al Morganti.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been reported that NBC Universal’s parent company Comcast Corp. has had a 25% decline in revenue with closures of theme parks, postponed movie releases, and diminishing sales in advertisements, especially from the cancelled 2020 Olympics.