Michael McCarthy and Tom Weir were the USA Today staffers who lost their jobs today. Tom Pedulla, USA Today’s horse racing writer, also got the boot. Bad timing for him considering I’ll Have Another will be going for the Triple Crown at the Belmont in a few weeks.
Eric Fisher and John Ourand of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Daily report:
USA Today Sports Media Group has enacted a significant restructuring of its editorial roster that has resulted in the departures of about a dozen veteran staffers of the media outlet, including sports business and media writer Michael McCarthy and “Game On” blogger Tom Weir. Company officials declined to say how many staffers overall were affected in the move. But ultimately, the company’s sports editorial staff is expected to post a net increase, particularly with the arrival later this year of its joint venture with MLBAM. “This process was about redefining and reimagining Sports and the roles within it to create a center of excellence and build a great sports franchise,” said USA Today Sports Media Group President Tom Beusse. “With this new structure, we are now well-positioned to operate in a 24-7 digital environment. This is a major step forward.”