Midco Sports lays off announcers who have contracts with UND, SDSU, and other universities

Midco Sports, a Sioux Falls-based internet and cable TV provider, has recently laid off several employees including on-air play-by-play announcers Brian Shawn and Jody Norstedt based in Fargo. The company stated that they are planning to enhance their streamed content and form partnerships with universities to provide content on their linear channels, Midco Sports and Midco Sports Two. Some of the employees who were laid off may have the opportunity to continue working with the company in a freelance capacity.

Midco Sports currently holds contracts for broadcasting University of North Dakota hockey, football, and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota athletics, and Augustana men’s hockey. These partnerships have allowed Midco Sports to provide coverage of a wide range of sporting events to their viewers. In order to further enhance their content, the company is looking to form new partnerships with universities and expand their offerings on both their streamed and linear channels. While some employees may be let go in this process, others may have the opportunity to continue working with the company in a freelance capacity.

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