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Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy among NBC Sports Philadelphia layoffs


Over the past few days, NBCUniversal began a round of layoffs that could amount to 10% of its workforce. The layoffs are hitting home as Phillies broadcaster Gregg Murphy has been let go by the network, according to a report from Rob Tornoe of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gregg Murphy interviewing Ryan Howard in 2016. (Photo by Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

Murphy will continue to be apart of the broadcast team for the remainder of the 2020 season. He is currently at home awaiting COVID-19 test results after dealing with symptoms. Once he clears NBC’s protocols, he will return to the broadcast.

“First and foremost, I’m disappointed in the news, but it’s a tough time for everyone and I understand why this is happening,” Murphy said. “I am unbelievably grateful for the first time I’ve had at NBC over the last 20 years — nine and a half with the Phillies broadcast team. I very much look forward to coming back and finishing the season as soon as I’m cleared to get back to the ballpark.”

Murphy recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Before joining the Phillies broadcast team as a field reporter in 2012, Murphy was the host of CN8’s Out of Bounds and the was the lead anchor for the network now known as The Comcast Network. Murphy, who is an alum of St. Joseph’s University, occasionally fills in for Tom McCarthy on play-by-play.

Per Tornoe, a spokesperson for NBC confirmed that 15 staffers from NBC Sports Philadelphia were laid off. Kevin Kinkead of Crossing Broad reports that sources have claimed that “the NBC Sports regional networks are completely doing away with sideline reporters at the end of the current seasons.”

Murphy also hosted the very popular Minute with Murph segment with Phillies players during spring training. Murph and his enthusiasm for covering the team he grew up rooting for will be sorely missed:

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Ron York

    August 5, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    There are other people on the Phillies broadcasting team that should go before Murf. I understand it’s a business but let’s get real and tell us the TRUTH behind this move….

  2. William

    August 5, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    Start , with the Dumb F from West Virginia , How did this guy get out of High School !

  3. Michael

    August 6, 2020 at 9:52 am

    How the hell is Ben Davis still on the broadcasting team. He is absolutely horrendous. A college broadcasting student would be better than him!

  4. michael davis

    August 6, 2020 at 10:24 am

    This site is hilarious. I posted that Ben Davis is horrendous, and they wouldn’t approve the post. Seriously?

  5. Carl

    August 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The problem with the Phillies announcing team is that first their not Harry, Richie and Andy, for those of us lucky enough and with a few grey hairs to have grown up with the greatest announcing team their ever was in baseball. Secondly, these guys don’t ever just let you watch the game. They bring up topics and provide information that as Phillies fans we already know and don’t need repeated over and over and over again. Moreover, they frequently talk over the action or the wind-up, do interviews during play or simply seem to prefer to hear their own voices then let us watch the game that we know. The only decent announcer we have these days is John Kruk, who does add interesting and knowledgeable information to the game. Nothing personal directed toward any of the current TV team, but all of the current staff, with the one exception, should be replaced by staff more in the style of the announcers of the past who know, respect and love the game as we do.

  6. Gina

    August 7, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I am so disheartened about Gregg Murphy being laid off. Personally, I like him much better in the booth than McCarthy and I always look forward to T-Mac taking the day off. NBCUniversal is definitely making a mistake by getting rid of the wrong person.

    PLEASE NBCUniversal..PLEASE reconsider.

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