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Panic Inside Bristol

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro.
ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro. Photo: Meg Oliphant/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
July 5, 2023

Late last week, in a genre-defining display of corporate bureaucratese, ESPN announced a “public-facing commentator exercise” that has resulted, so far, in the ouster of at least 20 of the network’s more notable hosts, pundits and other on-air personalities. Vanquished, among others, were NBA commentator and Finals analyst Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN2 boxing O.G.-turned-morning take artist Max Kellerman, Fab Five alumnus and hoops commentator Jalen Rose, the venerable Suzy Kolber, and even NFL great and Monday Night Football regular Steve Young