Midco Sports shifts focus to streaming, lays off TV personalities – InForum

Midco Sports Cuts Ties with TV Personalities as They Focus on Streaming Content and University Partnerships

Recently, Midco Sports announced that they had laid off several employees, including well-known TV personalities. Sources informed The Forum that Brian Shawn, David Brown, Jody Norstedt, and others were informed of the layoffs on Tuesday. The reason given for the layoffs was budget cuts.

Midco Sports has contracts to air UND football, hockey, men’s and women’s basketball games, SDSU and USD football, men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Augustana hockey. However, due to these changes in focus towards streaming content and university partnerships, high school sports and some original programming will no longer be produced by Midco Sports or broadcast on their linear channels. As a result of these changes, the number of full-time team members on the Midco Sports team has been reduced.

Despite this unfortunate decision to let go of several employees, Pearson Meyer mentioned that those laid off could potentially work in a freelance capacity. Notable TV personalities like Bill Chaves have expressed confidence in the ongoing partnerships with schools they have contracts with. While some employees were let go, others like Jay Elsen and Taylor Budge were retained in their respective locations.

Aside from televising major sporting events such as the Summit League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments quarterfinals and semifinals over the years, Midco Sports is also committed to enhancing streamed content on its platforms Midco Sports Plus and university partnership content on its linear channels Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two.

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