“Arnie & Jack” Author Ian O’Connor Among Cuts at ESPN

Long time sports writer and author of the book “Arnie & Jack,” Ian O’Connor is among many layoffs at ESPN. 

As GolfNewsRI reported back in November, ESPN is laying off 300 employees and allowing 200 open positions to go unfilled. 

Ian O’Connor

O’Connor made the announcement on Twitter in a long post. 

“ESPN gave me the best job I ever had, as a columnist at ESPN New York, a successful venture that never should’ve been shut down. ESPN gave me a boost that helped my Belichick book make The New York Times bestseller list, gave me a weekly radio show, gave me a bunch of chances to fill in for Cowherd, gave me a last trip with my brother to see Tiger win the Masters and, finally gave me notice that while they will honor the remaining 16 month of my fourth contract, there is no way in hell there will be a fifth,” wrote O’Connor.

O’Connor’s book “Arnie & Jack” was published in 2008. It detailed how the two golf legends went from rivals to good friends.

Arnie & Jack

His most recent book, which he references, is about Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. 

O’Connor worked at ESPN for over 11 years. 

“I worked with some amazing talents and dear friends at ESPN. But i’ve been pushing senior editors for a long time to get me back to full-time column writing (which I adore), rather than long form storytelling (which I like, and they prefer), so I do fee a sense of relief and liberation. I early look forward to returning to my first journalistic love,” adds O’Connor. 

It will not be long before O’Connor lands another job, given his contacts and experience. 

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