May 24, 2024 1:38 am
Midco Sports shifts focus to streaming, lays off TV personalities – InForum

In recent news, Midco Sports, the media entity responsible for televising athletics from the University of North Dakota (UND), South Dakota State (SDSU), and University of South Dakota (USD), has announced layoffs of several employees, including well-known TV personalities. Sources have informed The Forum that Brian Shawn, David Brown, Jody Norstedt, and others were notified of the move on Tuesday. According to Paige Pearson Meyer, vice president of corporate communications at Midco Sports, the reason for these layoffs was due to budget cuts.

In an effort to enhance streamed content on Midco Sports Plus and university partnership content on its linear channels Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two, the company has made changes to its operations. This has led to a reduction in the number of full-time team members on the Midco Sports team. However, Meyer mentioned that those who were laid off could potentially work in a freelance capacity.

Midco Sports currently 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. As a result of these changes, high school sports and some original programming will no longer be produced by Midco Sports or broadcast on their linear channels. Notable TV personalities like Bill Chaves, athletic director at UND

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