April 20, 2024 4:04 am
Melissa Stark and Andrew Siciliano among NFL Network’s recent layoffs

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Despite record-breaking viewership numbers, the NFL’s internal media arm has experienced cuts. Four prominent on-air personalities, including Andrew Siciliano, Melissa Stark, Will Selva, and James Palmer, will not be returning for the upcoming season. The decision is part of the league’s regular evaluation process of its talent roster to meet programming needs.

Andrew Siciliano, known for hosting “RedZone” on DirecTV since 2005, will no longer be part of the NFL Network’s lineup. The rights to “RedZone” were acquired by Google and YouTube TV, leading to production changes. Will Selva, who provided news updates for the morning show “Good Morning Football,” is also no longer with the network. The show is currently on hiatus and moving production to Los Angeles, with the future of the program uncertain.

Melissa Stark, a contributor and sideline reporter for “Sunday Night Football,” will continue in her role with NBC’s top NFL broadcast team. James Palmer, a national reporter and correspondent for NFL Network since 2015, revealed on social media that his contract was bought out by the network.

The NFL Media, which is owned and controlled by the league, is currently looking for a buyer to take over operations. ESPN has been mentioned as a potential match for an equity swap. Over the past year, the NFL Network has undergone layoffs and offered buyouts to employees as part of restructuring efforts. The changes in talent lineup reflect the evolving landscape of the media industry and the league’s commitment to adapting to new trends and technologies.

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