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Posted: 2:21 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Unclear if ESPN layoffs will affect Longhorn Network 

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By Gary Dinges

The ESPN cable network announced Tuesday that it will eliminate an unspecified number of jobs by implementing layoffs and cutting some vacant positions.

As part of a 20-year deal with the University of Texas, ESPN operates the Longhorn Network, which is based in Central Austin near the UT campus. The network wouldn’t say Tuesday whether LHN would be affected by the workforce reduction.

ESPN has about 7,000 employees worldwide, according to The Associated Press.

"We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs," the network said in a written statement provided to the American-Statesman. "While difficult, we are confident that it will make us more competitive, innovative and productive."

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