Sports Site ‘The Athletic’ Lets 46 Staffers Go, Cuts Pay

Subscription-based sports digital publisher The Athletic is letting go of 46 people, which represents about 8% of its staff. Most remaining staffers will also take at least a 10% pay cut starting this month. Live sports were effectively cancelled once the global pandemic hit, affecting The Athletic’s new subscriber growth and podcast advertising revenue, according to an internal memo from cofounder-CEO Alex Mather. In the memo, obtained by Axios, Mather said new subscriber growth was 20% to 30% down. Subscriptions to The Athletic cost $60 a year. The company says it has nearly 1 million subscribers.

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