An era is truly ending on ESPN.
On Thursday, it was reported by Front Office Sports that Neil Everett is leaving ESPN after he spent some 23 years at the network.
His tenure is coming to an end with the network amid its Disney-mandated job cuts.
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.
Front Office Sports claimed two separate reasons for Everett’s departure, with one claiming he turned down a new deal at a lower income to stay with the Worldwide Leader and the other claiming his contract, which expired in 2021, was not renewed.
Everett added that he’s ready to write the next chapter of his life.
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life,” Everett said. “Time to write a new chapter.”
Everett will reportedly seek to increase his role with the Portland Trail Blazers, for whom he has moonlighted since 2021.
The network has been bracing for layoffs since Disney was reported to be planning to eliminate 7,000 jobs and slash $5.5 billion in costs.
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