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ESPN personalities pay tribute to those who were part of layoffs

ESPN on Wednesday announced that it had cut 150 jobs, mostly in studio production, digital content and technology.

While many of those who were part of the layoffs may not be known to sports fans, at least one person had a big impact on on-air personalities at ESPN.

At the end of “Outside The Lines,” Bob Ley said that Wednesday was a tough day for those at ESPN. Ley then singled out producer David Brofsky, who was with ESPN for 27 years. Ley said his words about Brofsky also could be applied to others who were let go.

“Without him, we wouldn’t be in the position today to deliver this show and frankly anything to you,” Ley said.

Here is what Ley said on the air:

“Around The Horn” host Tony Reali also toasted Brofsky:

ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn also mentioned Brofsky and two others.

The kind words about John Sawatsky were echoed by a number of current and former ESPN employees:

Rece Davis also tweeted about Sawatsky’s impact:

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