The sports media industry has been hit hard this year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with major layoffs and furloughs taking place across many companies, and the latest ones are at streaming company DAZN. DAZN already furloughed many of their events staff back in March and April, also saying then that they wouldn’t make further rights payments until those events returned. They made further programming and executive changes this summer amidst discussions of various plans to obtain more funding. Now, they’ve laid off dozens of staffers.
Awful Announcing has learned that these latest layoffs primarily involve people in production and marketing, that they’ve hit the U.S. particularly hard, and that they’ve been described as a consolidation towards DAZN’s planned global service rather than the current country-specific model. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal has more on these cuts:
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