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Midco Sports undergoes budget cuts, leading to layoffs of popular TV personalities

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Midco Sports shifts focus to streaming, lays off TV personalities – InForum

Midco Sports, the media entity responsible for televising athletics from the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State, and University of South Dakota, recently announced layoffs affecting several employees, including well-known TV personalities. Sources confirm that on-air voices Brian Shawn, David Brown, Jody Norstedt, and others were informed of the decision on Tuesday. The reason for the layoffs was budget cuts.

Midco Sports is planning to enhance its streamed content on Midco Sports Plus and university partnership content on its linear channels Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two. As a result of these changes, high school sports and some original programming will no longer be produced or broadcast by Midco Sports or its linear channels. This led to the unfortunate decision to reduce the number of full-time team members on the Midco Sports team. However, Paige Pearson Meyer, vice president of corporate communications at Midco Sports, has stated that employees who were laid off could potentially work in a freelance capacity.

Midco Sports has contracts to air UND football and hockey games as well as men’s and women’s basketball games from SDSU and USD. The company has communicated its changes with the athletic departments of these schools and assured them that the layoffs would not affect their contracts. Notable TV personalities such as Bill Chaves, athletic director at UND, have expressed confidence in the ongoing partnerships with Midco Sports. Brian Shawn was known for his play-by-play voice for North Dakota State football before transitioning to UND while Jody Norstedt focused on high school athletics in North Dakota.

Aside from the layoffs, Midco Sports has also televised quarterfinals and semifinals of Summit League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments over the years. Some employees were let go while others like Jay Elsen and Taylor Budge were retained in their respective locations. These changes at Midco Sports reflect a shift towards streaming content and university partnerships.

In conclusion, while some employees have been let go due to budget cuts at Midco Sports

By Samantha Jones

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