Report: More CrossFit HQ Layoffs, Media Team Dismantled

Earlier today, Morning Chalk Up and BOXROX reported details about the latest updates from the CrossFit HQ office. Their reports say that much of the in-house media team for CrossFit HQ has been dismantled, and this is coming in the form of 12-15 more layoffs.

Yesterday, BOXROX revealed that an anonymous source provided information about the layoffs and wrote in their report, “the entire CrossFit Media team have been fired, including top members Marston Sawyers and Heber Canon.” 

Apparently the anonymous source revealed dates, too, and added, “Rest of the department got fired today. Some have until November 21st and others till December 1st and others were let go today. This is so crazy…Even the Games documentaries guys got fired. The main 2 were fired today.”

More lay offs? In August of this year, it was reported that roughly 40-50 CrossFit HQ employees were let go, and this latest report adds more employees to that list.

The Morning Chalk Up also mentioned that the Update Studio would be no more, and the final episode which aired two weeks ago would be the last time Sean Woodland, Rory McKernan, and Tommy Marquez signed on together. Although, upon watching the video itself, there’s no specific confirmation of this detail in the footage — check it out below.

From the Morning Chalk Up’s report, there are around 20 members of the media team still on staff at CrossFit HQ, but current media as we know it will probably be making a stark shift.

As of right now, there have been no additional details as to what this means for the upcoming 2019 CrossFit Games season, and it’s left many with unanswered questions. CrossFit CEO Jeff Cain gave the following quote in the Morning Chalk Up’s report,

“Today’s layoffs redirect resources and attention to CrossFit’s essential business activities — training and affiliation — in order to make further headway as the world’s leading health and fitness company.”

It’s tough to say how these changes will impact the 2019 CrossFit Games season, so until more details are released, all we can do is speculate.

Feature image from @crossfit YouTube channel. 


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