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John Skipper is an American television executive and former president of ESPN.

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1 Career 2 Legacy 3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Skipper attended Lexington Senior High School in Lexington, North Carolina. He then attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature. After receiving his master's degree in the same field from Columbia University, he went to work for Rolling Stone, starting as a secretary but moved up. He also worked for Us and Spin before becoming senior vice president of Disney Publishing Group.[1] In June 1997, Skipper became senior vice president and general manager of ESPN
ESPN
the Magazine.[2] In October 2005, he was named as executive vice president of content. On January 1, 2012, he became president of ESPN
ESPN
Inc. and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.[3] On December 18, 2017, Skipper revealed that he had been struggling with substance addiction, and announced that he would be resigning as president of ESPN
ESPN
in order to focus on treatment. John Skipper told S.I. that a cocaine extortion attempt led to his ESPN
ESPN
departure.[4] His predecessor George Bodenheimer served as acting chairman of the company during the transition to new leadership.[3] Legacy[edit] Skipper's time as President of ESPN
ESPN
was tumultuous. During Skipper's tenure ESPN
ESPN
lost nearly 15% of its subscribers and laid off more than 500 employees. Additionally, ESPN's TV ratings declined significantly across the board and the network endured criticism from some quarters over the declining quality of its programming.[5][6][7][8][9] Skipper's 2014 disregard of eSports as a "real sport", referring to them as a "competition" instead, has been negatively noted by various websites.[10][11][12][13][14] Personal life[edit] Skipper is married and has two children.[2] References[edit]

^ "Lexington native to head ESPN". Winston-Salem Journal. November 23, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved November 25, 2011.  ^ a b "John Skipper". Retrieved 2017-12-18.  ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (December 18, 2017). " ESPN
ESPN
Chief John Skipper Steps Down, Citing Substance Addiction Problem". Variety. Retrieved December 18, 2017.  ^ https://www.si.com/tech-media/2018/03/15/john-skipper-left-espn-president-after-cocaine-extortion ^ " ESPN
ESPN
keeps hemorrhaging subscribers". NYPost.com. May 30, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.  ^ Maese, Rick (December 18, 2017). " ESPN
ESPN
President John Skipper resigns, capping a tumultuous year for network". Retrieved December 24, 2017 – via www.WashingtonPost.com.  ^ Steinberg, Brian (November 9, 2017). "New Layoffs Expected at ESPN (Report)". Variety.com. Retrieved December 24, 2017.  ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. " ESPN
ESPN
may be nearing new round of layoffs; source says 'it's not going to be pretty'". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved December 24, 2017.  ^ "SC6 at 3 Months: Michael Smith and Jemele Hill Haven't Saved ESPN SportsCenter Ratings Yet". TheBigLead.com. May 9, 2017. Retrieved December 24, 2017.  ^ Schwartz, Nick (September 6, 2014). "ESPN's president says that eSports are not 'real sports,' and he's wrong". USA Today.  ^ Hillier, Brenna (September 8, 2014). " ESPN
ESPN
boss says eSports are not "real sports"". VG247.  ^ Reahard, Jef (September 8, 2014). " ESPN
ESPN
boss: E-sports aren't sports". Engadget.  ^ Tassi, Paul (September 7, 2014). " ESPN
ESPN
Boss Declares eSports 'Not A Sport'". Forbes.  ^ Gera, Emily (October 1, 2014). "Does eSports need ESPN
ESPN
before the mainstream accepts it?". Polygon. 

External links[edit]

John Skipper - ESPN
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MediaZone – official ESPN
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bio John Skipper - The Walt Disney Company
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– TWDC corporate bio

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