Former ESPN president John Skipper, who resigned from the Worldwide Leader after allegedly getting blackmailed by a cocaine dealer, was back in the news today. He has landed a new job in sports media.
Skipper is now the executive chairman of a UK-based sports media company called Perform Group. He'll be based in New York and oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy while reporting to their board.
“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,” Skipper said in a release. “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.”
Not everyone is a big fan of Skipper, though. The son of one of the former ESPN president's top employees at the Worldwide Leader took this opportunity to trash him a bit over one of his decisions.
Jake Golic, son of ESPN's Mike Golic, still appears to be upset about the breaking up of Mike & Mike. He quote tweeted a story about Skipper's new job and mocked him.
"He should find a way to take the two aspects of his new company that work well together and randomly divide them and somehow put them up against one another and then walk away. Genius!"
That, obviously, is a shot at Skipper for the breaking up of Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg's morning radio show. Golic now co-hosts a morning show with Trey Wingo, while Greenberg is co-hosting a morning TV show on ESPN called Get Up. Neither show appears to be doing as well ratings wise as Mike & Mike did.