What was a sad day for ESPN & and dozens of on-air talent will lead to a plethora of new podcasts. As we learn of the big-time names that were let go Wednesday, the podcast world anxiously awaits and welcomes them.
Big Names With Huge Social Followers
Notable names let go by ESPN were: Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer, Jasyson Stark, Jay Crawford, and the list goes on.
And the podcast train is already leaving the station, as NFL guru Ed Werder already has launched his podcast:
Listen Here (Click on Pic) To New Sports Podcast by Ed Werder & Matt Mosely
Why These Layoffs Matter?
As mentioned in our Bill O’Reilly story earlier this week, the monkey-see-monkey-do attitude will take hold, creating a domino effect of media personalities diving into the platform.
It matters because these public personalities bring new awareness to the medium and massive social followers which create immediate discovery.
- Ed Werder has 207,000 Twitter followers…and many of his followers will get a taste of the podcast medium for the first time.
- Jayson Stark has over 500,000 Twitter followers…how quickly will it be until he launches his own podcast?
Here’s what Jayson Stark Tweeted out:
No One Wants to Be The Caboose
Bottom line, you don’t want to be late to the game…let alone last to the podcast party. Despite the fact that it was a terrible day for many employees at ESPN, it will be entertaining to watch the impact this has on the podcast industry, let alone to the enhanced quality of diverse sports podcasts made available.
Most notably, to us at #TopPodcast, newpods will have the chance to discover the on-demand audio platform for the first time…thanks to what was a terrible ‘doomsday’ at ESPN.
Onward and Upward!
EDITORIAL NOTE & CLARIFICATION – VIA ED WERDER TWITTER FEED