John Buccigross joined ESPN in 1996, and after more than 20 years of anchoring SportsCenter and penning the occasional column, the media personality could be out of a job, per Sporting News.
ESPN will reportedly be trimming tens of millions of staff salary in the coming months as the worldwide leader continues to fight against cord cutters and rapidly declining subscribers. Buccigross’s contract expires on July 1, leaving the anchor in limbo on whether or not ESPN will re-sign him.
“I’m not stressed,” said Buccigross, 52, per Sporting News. “Whatever happens, happens.”
Buccigross did note it would be his preference to stay at ESPN, via the report.
Based off a separate sit-down interview with Sporting News, Mike Golic also isn’t exactly confident he’ll make it through the reported cuts.
“I would imagine I would continue to do that show. We haven’t gotten that far, quite honestly, as to if the show is going to end, when it’s going to end, and when it ends, and if it does end, what’s going to happen with the show?” Golic told Sporting News in an interview Thursday. “I would imagine I would still be doing it. I would imagine I would be doing it with somebody else. Who that is? I don’t really know.”
Greenberg and Golic have been radio partners since 1998, making them one of the longest-running tandems in sports media. The end of their show would signal the end of one of the better pieces of ESPN programming, making this a large risk for the network.
Judging from prior reports on ESPN’s financial situation, don’t be surprised to hear about more budget cuts.