Former ESPN president John Skipper has landed a new job. It's in media.
Skipper, who shockingly resigned from the Worldwide Leader in December after saying he was blackmailed by a cocaine dealer, is now the executive chairman of a UK-based sports media company called Perform Group.
Perform Group announced the news on Twitter.
From the release:
Skipper, based in New York, will oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy and report to the Board. Simon Denyer, Perform Group’s Founder, will continue as CEO based in London. Today’s announcement reflects Perform Group’s strategy for global expansion across all divisions.
“Simon and his team have built an enormously impressive company, providing an excellent base to establish a global leadership position in the over-the-top sports subscription business, the clear future of sports delivery,” said John Skipper, Executive Chairman Perform Group. “Perform Group’s platform and expertise, coupled with its success in launching subscription services in Germany, Japan and Canada provides a model we intend to replicate around the world.“
“Perform is rapidly expanding its role in sports media with significant investments in the best content and our own platform. We are now preparing to push forward with the expansion of DAZN, our live and on-demand streaming service, in more major markets around the world,” said Simon Denyer, CEO Perform Group. “DAZN is revolutionizing how fans watch their favorite sports. John is one of the most significant leaders in the history of our industry, and I am delighted that he has agreed to join me and the team to help take Perform to the next level of our ambitions.”
ESPN's new president is James Pitaro. You can read more about Skipper's departure from the Worldwide Leader here.