49ers news: ESPN shockingly lays off Steve Young, other notable personalities

Hall of Famer Steve Young will be fine after ESPN let him go. Who knows? Perhaps he'll join the 49ers in one capacity or another.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

ESPN just went through a wave of layoffs, and former 49ers great Steve Young was one who was let go.

Friday didn't appear to be a great day for the sporting news powerhouse, ESPN.

According to a report from the New York Post's Andrew Marchand, ESPN underwent a serious cost-saving series of layoffs that include some pretty notable names.

One of them was former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young, who had served as an analyst on Monday Night Football and NFL Countdown.

There's plenty of speculation as to why Young and so many other notable media personalities were part of ESPN's layoffs, and the moves are expected to save the television network millions.

While it might not be of much solace, Young isn't the only big name to be let go.

From Marchand:

"[Jeff] Van Gundy, [Max] Kellerman, [Keyshawn] Johnson, [Suzy] Kolber and [Jalen] Rose were also joined by “NFL Countdown” analysts Matt Hasselbeck and Steve Young, NFL draft expert Todd McShay, college basketball analyst LaPhonso Ellis, “SportsCenter” anchor Ashley Brewer, “College GameDay” analyst David Pollack, radio host Jason Fitz, host Jordan Cornette, baseball writer Joon Lee and NBA reporter Nick Friedell."

Yes, pretty brutal.

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From the report, ESPN's parent company, Disney, apparently ordered the cost-savings layoffs, but that has been met with scrutiny after the network brought aboard The Pat McAfee Show on a five-year deal worth close to $85 million.

Perhaps Steve Young will join 49ers in one way or another

Young has remained close with the Niners despite going national with ESPN after his playing career ended in 1999.

While it's still very early in Young's unemployment, perhaps CEO Jed York would be willing to bring Young aboard in some capacity or another.

Although we're pretty sure Young doesn't need to go out and find a new venture in the immediate aftermath of being let go by ESPN.

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