The layoffs at the Worldwide Leader In Sports are continuing.
Bomani Jones is reportedly not expected to have his contract renewed after it expires at the end of this month, according to Andrew Cohen of Front Office Sports.
Jones spoke with FOS for the report, and while he didn’t directly confirm his departure, he did state ESPN hasn’t shown interest in renewing his deal, according to the report.
“The economic fate of people in sports media is getting dicier and dicier by the day,” Jones told FOS. “I think the ESPN layoffs were the beginning of it in a lot of ways. Seeing what happened [with] the New York Times shutting down their sports department, and they moved those people to other desks. But at some point, they’re probably going to deem those people to be surplus, and they’re not going to be there anymore.”
ESPN has laid off some of its highest-profile personalities in recent weeks. Jeff Van Gundy and longtime anchor/reporter Suzy Kolber were among ESPN cuts announced in June.
Jones has worked for various media outlets throughout his career. One of his notable roles was as a co-host on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” alongside Dan Le Batard and Papi (Gonzalo Le Batard). Bomani also made regular appearances on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and “SportsNation.”
Jones possesses one of the strongest voices at ESPN so he is a huge loss to the company.
This news comes as he has been on vacation in July. It’s not clear if his “The Right Time with Bomani Jones,” podcast will continue.
Jones did not address any potential next steps with FOS.
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