Bob Ley closes 'Outside the Lines' with heartfelt message to colleagues laid off by ESPN

ESPN plans to lay off about 100 anchors, reporters, analysts and production staffers, Sporting News sources say.

One of ESPN's founding fathers addressed Wednesday's brutal round of layoffs with all of the class we've come to expect.

Veteran journalist Bob Ley closed "Outside the Lines" by reaching out to all of his colleagues hit with the unfortunate news. Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reported ESPN plans to lay off about 100 anchors, reporters, analysts and production staffers. TV talent like NFL insider Ed Werder, NFL analyst Trent Dilfer, "SportsCenter" anchor Jay Crawford and MLB insider Jayson Stark, among many others, took to Twitter to reveal they had been let go by the company.

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"As you may have read or heard elsewhere, a number of our colleagues are leaving us here today at ESPN," Ley said. "So today is that time to reflect on what they have contributed through our years to our many platforms, what they brought to you."

Ley has been with ESPN since its founding in 1979. His words here carry weight, and while they don't take away the pain many are feeling, simply sending kind thoughts their way can mean a great deal.

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