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ESPN to lay off workers

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ESPN will be laying off employees, the company said Tuesday, but the specific number has not been announced.

In a statement, Mike Soltys, vice president of communications, said there will be layoffs worldwide, and the layoffs began today.

“We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive,” Soltys said.

ESPN has seven thousand workers worldwide, and about four thousand in Connecticut.

The exact number of layoffs is not clear. Deadspin reported as many as 400 workers could be laid off.

It’s also not clear how many of those layoffs will be in Bristol.

In August of 2011 , ESPN was selected as one of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s “First Five” companies, and gave the sports broadcaster incentives to keep and create jobs in the state. At that time, ESPN committed to creating a minimum of 200 new jobs in Connecticut over a five year time span.

Soltys said ESPN is on track to increase the jobs called for in the First Five program. He also says their gigantic new digital center is scheduled to open next spring.