It’s been a tumultuous week for ESPN, which has been struggling with the fallout from its contract with disgraced former National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, whose contract expires in 2020.
The company announced Tuesday it will stop publishing stories that feature the former commissioner on the air.
It’s also moving away from the popular “SportsCenter” show, which used to be a staple of the network, which airs a full schedule of the most popular sports on the network.
“We’re not going to continue to broadcast ‘SportsCenter,'” a spokesperson for ESPN told CNNMoney.
“Roger Goodell is not an ESPN employee.”
The move was a surprise to some ESPN employees, who have been eagerly awaiting a change in direction.
A former ESPN executive, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, said he was stunned when the network announced the news.
“You don’t have to be Roger Goodell to know that it’s been the wrong move,” he said.
“The company has not done the right thing.
We’ve all seen how Roger Goodell was treated by ESPN and other media companies.
ESPN’s leadership has not been the same.”
I’m shocked by this news, said the executive, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
I’m also disappointed that they’ve done it, he added.
I think this is the wrong decision.
ESPN hasn’t done a good job of showing the fans and the viewers what they should be watching on ESPN.
This is the first time the company has ever decided to stop covering Roger Goodell.
That decision was announced on a conference call with employees.
ESPN has struggled with its relationship with its sponsors, including the American Airlines Group, which is owned by private equity firm Blackstone.
The company is also facing questions about the integrity of its arbitration process, which could impact the company’s future.
When asked whether the company was considering an independent arbitrator to review the arbitrator’s decision, a spokesperson said, “The American Airlines group is not seeking to change the outcome of the arbitration process.
We continue to work with ESPN to address the issue of our relationship with the American airline.
In December, ESPN hired former CNN anchor Erin Andrews to replace Goodell as the network’s executive vice president of news and events.
Andrews previously worked for Fox News and was a contributor to the network in 2016.
She had previously worked as an anchor for the popular late-night talk show “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” before she joined ESPN.
A new ESPN show, “SportsNation,” is scheduled to debut in January.