Is Ron Jaworski out at ESPN? Even the former Eagles quarterback doesn’t know the answer.
Jaworski is the latest sports-media figure associated with a recent round of layoffs at the network, which is still dealing with fallout after the decision nearly two months ago to part ways with nearly 100 employees, many of them well-known on-air personalities.
Appearing on the Doomsday Podcast, hosted by columnist Matt Mosley and his former ESPN colleague Ed Werder, Jaworski addressed the rumors that he’s been laid off by conceding he didn’t know if he’ll be part of the network’s coverage of the NFL this coming season.
“I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but I don’t have one,” Jaworski said. “I do not know what the future is going to hold. I still have a contract with them until May 31st of 2022, and if they choose to want to use me in some other areas, that is being talked about with my agent basically as we speak.”
Werder himself was among the sources of rumors that Jaworski had been one of the personalities with whom ESPN parted ways. On his podcast in May, Werder suggested that both Jaworski and Merril Hoge were let go by the network and might not return to NFL Matchup, which ESPN confirmed will be back for this season.
Jaworski has worked at ESPN for 27 years and was front-and-center during the network’s coverage of the NFL draft in Philadelphia, but hasn’t appeared on the network since. He also still maintains an office at NFL Films and remains the host of an hour-long show on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday nights. But as far as his future with ESPN, Jaworski acknowledged to Werder he has no answers.
“I still may continue to work at ESPN. So I’m a guy in limbo right now,” Jaworski said. “But I do want to continue some broadcasting.”
ESPN declined to weigh in on the story, and Jaworski did not immediately return a request to comment.
Nearly 100 people were let go by ESPN as part of cutbacks aimed at stemming losses caused by the combined pressure of expensive league contracts and a loss of subscribers who have chosen to get rid of cable television.
In addition to Werder, some of the most well-known personalities shown the door at ESPN include NFL insider John Clayton, NFL reporter Adam Caplan, baseball analyst Jayson Stark, and NBA reporter Marc Stein.