This past April, ESPN went through highly publicized layoffs with upwards of 100 talents losing their jobs, including Ron Jaworski. According to The Big Lead, ESPN was interested in bringing Jaws back for the football season. ESPN’s NFL team wanted to add Jaworski to their NFL Matchup show, but the request was denied by their parent company, Disney.
Differentiating itself from many football television shows, NFL Matchup relies heavily on X’s and O’s, breaking down game film and coaching strategies. Currently, the show is hosted by Sal Paolantonio, Louis Riddick, and Greg Cosell. Jaworski, a long time analyst on NFL Matchup, was on the program as recently as last season with Merril Hoge and Sal Paolantonio.
After being laid off, Jaworski told Pro Football Talk he was unsure of his future with the company, noting that he was under contract with ESPN until May 31st, 2022. Even though Jaws is under contract, it was a tax accounting decision on the part of Disney that led them to decline ESPN’s NFL team request to have him on their NFL Matchup show for another season.
Disney does not necessarily make personnel decisions for ESPN, but forced the network to cut a certain number of dollars, and continues to enforce ESPN’s budget. No comment has been made by ESPN, or Ron Jaworski’s agent on the subject.