An era at ESPN ended last month when the World wide leader in sports let Neil Everett go after he spent some 23 years at the network. The decision came amid its Disney-mandated job cuts.
Everett, who worked at the Worldwide Leader since 2000, signed off for the final time in late June.
Sports media reporter Richard Deitsch of The Athletic spoke to Everett on his podcast and asked the veteran broadcaster why the company decided to let him walk.
“I would probably guess that my value to them was not what it needed to be for them to keep me there,” Everett told Deitsch.
Everett further told Deitsch he “100 percent” feels he left ESPN on his own terms.
Everett joined ESPN in 2000 after 15 years of working with various affiliates in Honolulu. Since 2009, he has been paired with Stan Verrett in Los Angeles for the West Coast edition of “SportsCenter.” Verrett reportedly won’t be impacted by Everett’s departure, but a dynamic duo is being broken up in the process.
At the time, Front Office Sports claimed Everett’s departure was due to him turning down a new deal at a lower income to stay with the Worldwide Leader, and the other claimed his contract, which expired in 2021, was not renewed.
Everett will reportedly seek to increase his role with the Portland Trail Blazers, for whom he has moonlighted since 2021.
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