Midco Sports Faces Budget Cuts, Layoffs Media Personalities Amidst Shift in Broadcasting Focus

Midco Sports shifts focus to streaming, lays off TV personalities – InForum

Midco Sports, the media entity responsible for broadcasting the athletics of the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State, and University of South Dakota, has recently made the decision to lay off several employees. Sources have revealed that on-air personalities such as Brian Shawn, David Brown, Jody Norstedt, and others were informed of the layoffs on Tuesday due to budget cuts.

In a statement from Paige Pearson Meyer, Vice President of Corporate Communications at Midco Sports, the company announced that it plans to focus on enhancing streamed content on Midco Sports Plus and partnership content with universities on its linear channels Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two. As a result of this shift, high school sports and some original programming will no longer be produced or broadcast on their linear channels. This has led to a difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time team members.

Despite these changes, Midco Sports holds contracts to air various athletic events, including UND football, hockey, and basketball games, SDSU and USD football and basketball games, and Augustana hockey. The company has assured these schools’ athletic departments that their existing contracts will not be affected by the changes. Bill Chaves, Athletic Director at UND confirmed this information and expressed confidence in the ongoing partnerships with Midco Sports.

Notable personalities such as Brian Shawn, Jody Norstedt, David Brown among others have been affected by the recent restructuring. Shawn known for his play-by-play duties for NDSU football before transitioning to UND football and basketball is one of them while Norstedt whose focus was high school athletics in North Dakota is another. Brown who is known as voiceover for Augustana hockey also falls under this category. However some employees like Jay Elsen and Taylor Budge were retained in respective locations to continue their roles.

Midco Sports previously televised the quarterfinals and semifinals of Summit League men’s basketball tournaments but recent layoffs have had an impact on organization but they remain committed to their partnerships with universities through streaming services delivery while continuing collaboration with schools’ athletic departments.

In conclusion despite facing budget cuts that led to layoffs including well-known TV personalities at Midco Sports they remain committed to delivering quality content through their streaming services delivery while continuing collaborations with universities’ athletic department’s

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