Report: Jerome Bettis Out As ESPN Analyst

ESPN has been laying off several employees over the course of the last several weeks and it appears as though former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis has seen his time come to an end with the sports media giant as part of those cuts.

According to a Monday morning report by Sporting News, Bettis, who has been with ESPN since 2013, is one of roughly 100 employees recently let go by the network. Bettis has yet to confirm the report, however.

It will now be interesting to see where Bettis lands next as a major media analyst. The Hall of Fame running back at least has several years of experience in the sports analyst field. He does, however, still host ‘The Jerome Bettis Show’ on WPXI-TV.

Bettis retired from the NFL as a member of the Steelers after the team won Super Bowl XL in his hometown of Detroit in early 2006. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

  • Tim Parker

    ESPN is just a shell of what it used it be. Barely worth watching anymore.

  • Michael James

    Well, they’re cutting all good reporters, writers and analysts there. Just good that all the loud-mouth shows with actually zero content are still running…

  • Mark

    ESPN underestimated the impact streaming to your phone would have on their highlight business. We all remember having to tune into ESPN to get the highlights. Now you get the highlights during and right after the game. Now they have all of these talk shows that new age adults have little interest in.

  • The Tony

    With the political biast and talking heads who only try to shout louder than one another, it’s no wonder why they’re in a free fall. If I want sports analysis I’ll come to this site, for Pirates Bucsdugout or just watch MLB or NFL network

  • SfSteeler

    finally, the fall of Rome…just total arrogance of an organization…they crapped on the college bowl game experience, and more…i used to love NFL sunday with these guys…

  • Stephen

    If I want to hear liberal propaganda, I would put on the fake news channels, I want to watch ESPN for sports news and games keep your politics out of it

  • RevDrEBuzz

    The Bus would just reword what the other person said.

    “What do you think they will do in the game today? Attack the secondary or play more conservatively?”
    “Well, you gotta look at what they want to do today, attack the secondary or play more run and keep it conservative. It’s hard to say, they will need to see what the defense gives them and then adjust.”
    “Thanks Bus. Back to you Jim.”

  • srdan

    I was at the miami playoff game. When Bud laid out their QB, it was felt at the stadium. But they didn’t play it again on the big screen since he was down. While he was still on the field we watched teh hit on YouTube from the stands.

    But I’m not sure it’s just hte highlights. I think Twitter is really hurting them. We find out news at the same time ESPN does. But it takes them more time to scrub it to make it good for TV format. By then we have alredy seen it and distributed it. Case and point is the Watt pick this year. We drafted him and you could find that out 15 minutes before ESPN told you on here or twitter.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    They are trying to shore up the last remaining demographic, black males who don’t work. If you look at any of the programming, it’s obvious who they are aiming for. SC6 has nothing but black hosts and covers the NBA.

    They may have written off middle-class whites…most of the guys I know cant stand it.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Interesting thoughts, but hardly credible.

    The LPGA tour and even the PGA tour survives low ratings for a reason…the advertisiers believe the people that are watching can actually afford to buy and, or use their services.

    So, even if they are watching, why would ESPN cater to any demographic that’s not working?

  • ATL96STEELER

    Bottom line, ESPN bit off more than it could chew with the NFL rights fees they paid for a terrible package. MNF is now just a blip on the page, and their playoff game OAK vs HOU reportedly lost nearly $80 mil.

    Combine that with millions of people cutting the cable and streaming what they want to see…I see more cuts coming.

  • John Noh

    Jim Rome? He’s with CBS now. :-p

  • Conserv_58

    You touched on a key reason why ESPN is laying off over 100 people. ESPN is doing this because their ratings have been plummeting. Their ratings have been plummeting because sports fans are fed up with ESPN’s overt attempts a shoving their leftist agenda down their throats. Since ESPN and ABC are owned by the Disney Corp. they get their marching orders from the the liberal fascist powers that run the Disney Corp.

    American sports fans, despite their political persuations, adamantly despise having these leftist controled media outlets force feed their leftist propaganda onto us.

    We want nothing more than for them to keep their political agenda and propaganda out of sports.

  • VaDave

    Interesting points. Here’s one back at you, just because you aren’t working, it’s doesn’t mean you aren’t spending money. The best telling point you made is looking at this through the advertisers lens. Now, look at the advertisers that are sponsoring ESPN. Seeing any beer commercials?

  • VaDave

    Better watch the political posting here, I was almost killed here making a crack about the election outcome…..LOL!!
    As for ESPN missing their target marketing, when they started out I was working second shift, was channel surfing at 1:00am and came across ESPN. They were televising the South American Polo Championships……Some things never change.

  • Conserv_58

    I adamantly refuse to watch them and haven’t for about four years now. The bottom line is I don’t need to have to put myself through having to endure ESPN’s obvious leftist agenda to get the sports news I want. I have to question any reasonably intelligent sports fan’s sanity that actually pay to get their “insider info.” when they can get the same and more credible info. elsewhere for free.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Good point on the not working, but spending money….Miller Lite, Bud Light, Henekin etc. will spend money on ESPN going after male demographic.

    You drive thru an inner city neighborhood and you’ll see Malt Liquor billboards…that’s specific black male target marketing…when we see that on ESPN…I can agree with REV DR 100%.

  • VaDave

    Oddly enough, his key was from reading between the lines, you take what the defense gives you, and you are not going to know until the game is in progress. Granted, not a stellar response however and sadly, a fair example of his craft. Of course, one could say it was a weak question from the moderator to bounce off of.

  • VaDave

    You and me both. It’s ALL about the revenue!!

  • Conserv_58

    I realize that I may upset some fans or the mods., but I only speak the truth as I see it. To deny that politics is intentionally embedded in sports broadcasting is to deny reality. Attempting to deny any discussion of that reality is born of fear of losing clicks, thus revenue and a certain amount of freedom of speech is being denied.

    That’s all for my politics in sports rant for today.

  • srdan

    I just think you should expect it. If you watch FSN you’ll get the other side. Just that FSN is not a big player, therefore nobody talks about it.

    It’s the way the country is. Cutting 1000 people at ESPN won’t change it. It’s been normalized to be in every part of our society.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Yep, at the end of the day, it’s ALL about the revenue.

    ESPN over paid for some programming and now there are so many more sports media outlets that you don’t have to sit and wait for sportscenter anymore.

    I really believe the cash cow that is the NFL is peaking…it’ll be interesting to see how the next TV contracts go.

  • SouthernSteel

    I have not watched ESPN since that Kobe butt rape case….if I want to watch crap like that I would watch CNN or Fox news, which I don’t. …I think that’s when they went away from sports highlights and analysis to a more drama based content. …I could care less what players do off the field or what color they are…

  • Conserv_58

    Having non stop commercial breaks dominate the viewing experience has reached it’s zenith and the NFL has finally heard our voices of discontent and decided to cut down on the number of commercials. Then again, they’re not fooling anyone. That decision had nothing to do with the NFL being an understanding benevolent benefactor who felt our pain. Nope. The only reason why the NFL took this step is due to the direct result and affect of the drop in ratings that they’ve been experiencing the past few years.

    It doesn’t matter what channel or game we turn on we can count on being inundated with beer, pizza, munchies, car and male erectile dysfunction pill commercials.

    The NFL is an entertainment behemoth with annual revenue in excess of $12 billion dollars. Goodell’s job, first and foremost, is to grow the NFL shareholder’s revenue stream. Everything else is incidental to that mission.

  • Conserv_58

    Very good points.

  • Conserv_58

    Ok. Do you think that politics plays no role in why that is?

  • Alex Kozora

    We certainly don’t ban any political talk. We just ask for everyone to keep it as level-headed as possible, as far as Internet discussions go.

  • Zhan 使美国再次伟大

    ESPN has become a wasteland, barely watchable.

    So I don’t…

  • Conserv_58

    The advent of and the continued evolution of hand held and internet technology is making networks like ESPN obsolete. It’s only a matter of time before newspapers will no longer exist. The retail industry is realing from the negative cause and affect of online shopping. Ebay and Amazon are having a significant negative affect on major retailers ability to exist. I do see that leveling out as retailers attempt to build different business models to cope. I don’t see online shopping eliminating the need for actual physical stores because people still want the tangible experience seeing, feeling and touching products they want. Online sales can never offer that experience. Online sales can also be aggrivating to deal with when they mis advertise a product, get the order wrong, and having to return an incorrect order can be daunting.

  • srdan

    I think it’s foolish to say “played no role”. But I don’t think the role is anywhere near what you’re making it out to be. In the US you can’t fire people over political beliefs.

    And I don’t watch espn outside of the actual games. And can’t comment on these “overt attempts” since I don’t notice them during the games. But being that they are part of a corporation they are trying to maximize returns to their shareholders. If that could be accomplished by scrolling “Make America great again” between every score on the bottom line, they would do it. Point being-if these people are fired to make it easier try to push more of a centrist or right POV, it’s because thier board members wanted that. But the corporations board members are chosen with a certain point of view and CNN isn’t changing their tune.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s quite the narrative on how advertisers think of the black community when they place Malt liquor, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Casino gambling billboards in urban areas.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agreed.

    It’s a paradox for certain…ratings decreasing, NFL tells TV partners we’ve got to cut back on commercials and TV partners are saying we’ve paid all this money, we’ve got to get a return somehow.

    That last paragraph is really where the rubber meets the road. How does the NFL continue to grow? As I said in another post, IMO the NFL has peaked. Even NFLheads like us are drawing back a little….I used to pay for the NFL tkt to ensure getting all Steeler games…I stopped 3 yrs ago…last yr was my 1st time streaming…not perfect, but for $40 I’m going to do it again.

  • Conserv_58

    To say that people can not be fired because of their political beliefs in this country is actually a naive statement. Although the law says that people can’t legally be fired for their poltical beliefs many are being discriminated against and fired for their poltical beliefs. Look no further than what is going on on our college campuses and in the entertainment industry for proof of what I said. It goes on in corporations also.

  • Conserv_58

    I have to admit that if I wasn’t such and ardent Steelers fan I wouldn’t watch many football games. I have never and will never spend money on the NFL ticket. I adamantly refuse to spent a penny on any online NFL subscription requests. As an example, I like steelcityinsider, but I’m not paying a subscription fee to read their articles. I don’t attend Steelers home games because it’s cost prohibitive. In order for me to do so it would cost my wife and I around $1,500.00 between travel, hotel, food, tickets and incidentals.

  • VaDave

    Agreed. 24/7 exposure is not a good thing, The worst thing that ever came down the pike is Thursday Night Football. If it were up to me, that would be the first to go. It’s hell on the players, and upsets the competitiveness of the game, especially for the road team.
    .
    The second thing would be the Direct TV exclusive monopoly that prevents fans not living in their teams market area from watching their team in real time. They say it’s to protect the home market. Horse puckey! If baseball can have a black out to prevent people living in their teams market area from watching games on the internet, why not the NFL?
    .
    The 3rd thing would be go back to a 14 game season, and expand the playoffs.

  • ATL96STEELER

    That’s a whole different chat I think, but generally speaking, it’s no different than ads with Skoal and other smokeless tobacco targeting white males I guess. Trying to make a buck.

  • Conserv_58

    The NFL also has to get rid of their globalist expansion nonsense. It’s also hell on the teams that have to travel overseas and then have to get ready for the next week’s game in the US.

    OH NO! How dare you spew blasphemous words such as reducing the number of games back to fourteen and then have the unmitigated gall to suggest expanding the playoffs! Such sober common sense will not be tolerated!

    I can’t agree more with your position on the topic of breaking DTV’s monopoly on viewership. America has been and is still being converted from analogue to digital TV service. With most homes now having high definition smart TV’s and high speed internet capabilities it is absurd for sports fans to not be able to see any event they desire to see. It’s not like our monthly cable/internet bill isn’t enough of an extortion payment to justify getting what we want.

  • Conserv_58

    Thank you, Alex.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Nice to be in the ‘Burg viewing area.

    There was a time when Sunday was an event at my house. I had a huge (back then) HD big screen plus two other TVs in my basement man cave. My two neighbors (a DAL fan and a Falcon fan) would come over and we’d watch NFL from 1 until about 7…this was pre SUN Night football)…I had the tkt so we got all the games.

    Now, not so much.

  • ATL96STEELER

    DTV is paying billions for the NFL Tkt, and they are having trouble keeping subscriptions up…when I cancelled the retention team sent a small army after me it seems and what I told them really shut them up.

    Allow me to buy my Steeler games (that I’m not already getting locally) at a fair price and I’ll come back, but I no longer need or what to pay for games I’m not going to watch….in other words PPV NFL games.

    I actually think the season and number of playoff games is spot on. They’re not going to kill the DIV play, but seeing 8-8 or worse DIV winners be sacrificial lambs in the playoffs is not good TV.

  • VaDave

    I used to get really cranky when I couldn’t see a Steeler game here in Richmond, but since I subscribed to Game Pass, I is rapidly becoming my preferred method of watching a game, especially the condensed version. It eliminates the commercials and most of the network Nellies endless’ blather and hype. Plus, a whole game takes about 40 minutes out of my day. Kind of makes you wonder what you are being exposed too on a 3+ hour network broadcast of the same game….

  • HeavyMedicine

    He should not have trouble landing at another network if that is the path he wants to continue down. I believe it would be nice for him to join the organization again. How awesome would it be to have him coaching? I know I’m just dreaming, but it would be nice to have him sharing knowledge and different perspectives with the players

  • Consistent

    WTF are you talking about? (How TF are y’all even entertaining this BS??) Those demographic games don’t work no more 🤡 1st off,tricks of manipulation won’t keep the lights on!

    Black males aren’t tuned in either(me and everyone I know)they overpaid too many talking heads so of course a purge was due. And if you think SC at 6 is TOO BLACK what did you think of it before??

  • Consistent

    GTFOH take a picture of the next malt liquor ad YOU come across in all your inner-city travels 🤡

  • Consistent

    You keep trying to imply this blacks males don’t work nonsense but every black you see on television HAS a job?? You know that and I’m glad it hurts you so much🤡

  • Consistent

    You see EVERYTHING advertised in urban areas so you sound stupid 🤡

  • Consistent

    Oh yea that’s all this is?? Just political talk huh

  • ATL96STEELER

    I was going to reply with a respond to your post, but if you think I’m implying anything, I’m better off doing what you asked…GTFOH.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    I was being a bit tongue in cheek…

  • VaDave

    We won’t talk about what I was. lol..

  • Alex Kozora

    When I looked at the comments section, yes it was. We don’t encourage it and certainly steer away from it but we don’t dictate what subjects our readers are allowed to write about.

  • Brandon Stokely

    Empty
    Shell
    Programming
    Netwok

  • Consistent

    I’ll keep that in mind

  • treeher

    Have to say that I agree strongly enough with most of this to add my two cents. 1. Thursday night football is an abomination. Nothing more needs to be said. 2. Monopolies exist to exclude competition when the quality of the product can’t succeed on its own. 3) I think the 16-game season is here to stay, no use lobbying for a change back to 14. And I think the playoffs have been expanded enough.

  • srdan

    In theory I always want to see these guys come back an coach. In practicality, it’s a different skill set. If you asked me to list the Steelers coaching staff in order of good to bad. I don’t think you’d hear me say Peezy or Lake for a while.

    Of course I don’t know much and completely base it on production. And some could say that those coaches haven’t had talent to work with. But nobody in their right mind would list them with Mann or Mitchel.

  • dany

    He was in espn?

  • frasefra

    Please calm down. The posters above were merely having a rational, logical conversation. They were offering their opinions. Some of their opinions I agree with and some I don’t.
    Your responses are so defensive and accusatory that it ends the discussion. Calling people clowns and implying your opinion has more validity than theirs is everything that is wrong with public message boards.
    If you have a salient point to make, express it as if you were sitting at a bar next to the guy you are addressing. This is the way to have your thoughts actually heard…and maybe even change a few opinions.
    Thank you.

  • frasefra

    I stopped watching ESPN for the same reason…I don’t need anyone in sports (especially a whole sports network) to tell me what my politics should be.

  • will

    Add eliminating the fantasy leagues……..and I am in total agreement!

  • Consistent

    You sound stupid! Eat a 🍆🤡

  • will

    Me too…too much left wing BS

  • will

    So the Ray Rice assault and the Mixon assault are of no concern of yours………………….interesting………..and telling.

  • Jaybird

    Yes, it was much better back in the day when the Right wing ruled ESPN . Rush Limbaugh ruled! And who could forget Dennis Miller doing Monday night football! Oh please bring back the glory days of ESPN/ ABC.
    ( complete sarcasm)

  • VaDave

    # 3 I agree, there no use. Only hope…

  • francesco

    Should be a running back coach or a head coach somewhere.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I lost interest in ESPN about 4 or 5 yrs ago. I think alot of it had to do with the accessibility of sports information at my fingertips. No need to waste an hour or so watching ESPN when I can hop on the computer and in minutes gather all the sports info i need. With that said it sucks for JB he’s a great dude and one of my all time fav Steelers. He’ll bounce back

  • The Truth

    I didn’t even know he was an analyst for ESPN

  • Conserv_58

    Jerome is a HOF inductee who’s bust in Canton will be there long after ESPN has become a distant memory.

    ESPN used to be all sports all day, then the Disney Corporation bought them and everything changed for the worst.

  • Conserv_58

    I don’t see Jerome coaching RB’s. I don’t think he wants to commit to having to deal with the daily grind and long hours that NFL assistant coaches are expected to endure. Besides, he’s invested his money well enough that he doesn’t have to work. He does the analyst gig because he wants to, not because he has to.

  • Conserv_58

    Meh. That’s no different than watching coach’s cliche’ filled, sanitized and scripted interviews. They’re like wind-up dolls. Pull the string and hear the same things over and over again.

  • pittfan

    NFL network and SD is all I need.

  • frasefra

    Why do you want me to eat an eggplant, dolt? See, that was sarcasm (except me thinking your posts are doltish) …sarcasm is something your sophomoric, peevish brain can’t process.

    You know your username is perfect…your posts are consistently simplistic and you have consistently poor grammar. I love your in depth analysis like; “with VW as a starter, I hope Dirty Red gets a chance to play more special teams”. Um, do you think, stupid?
    Oh, I loved when Alex asked you to tone down your childish name calling, you responded with: “Yes sorry I’ll keep that in mind”. First, have you ever heard of a comma? Second, when I asked you to do the same thing, you told me to: “eat a 🍆🤡”…does that mean to eat a clowns penis? I don’t know any clowns (except you, as a poster to this message board) and I’m heterosexual. Maybe, you are projecting your confused sexual feelings in your numerous “eat a 🍆” responses to other posters. It’s ok to come out of the closest….it’s 2017, be yourself, CONSISTENTLY.

    Keep working towards that GED…remember, a mind (even one as imbecilic as yours) is a terrible thing to waste….you puerile, emoji using ass.

  • Consistent

    Take ya time and respond to this🚮

  • frasefra

    Why? I’m done roasting your CONSISTENTly crispy looking ass…BYE FELICA.

  • frasefra

    I agree, what you post is consistent(ly) trash 🚮