John Skipper is an American television executive and former president
3 Personal life
5 External links
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
In June 1997, Skipper became senior vice president and general manager
ESPN the Magazine. In October 2005, he was named as executive
vice president of content. On January 1, 2012, he became president of
ESPN Inc. and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.
On December 18, 2017, Skipper revealed that he had been struggling
with substance addiction, and announced that he would be resigning as
ESPN in order to focus on treatment.
John Skipper told
S.I. that a cocaine extortion attempt led to his
George Bodenheimer served as acting chairman of the
company during the transition to new leadership.
Skipper's time as President of
ESPN was tumultuous. During Skipper's
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.
Skipper's 2014 disregard of eSports as a "real sport", referring to
them as a "competition" instead, has been negatively noted by various
Skipper is married and has two children.
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ESPN Chief John Skipper
Steps Down, Citing Substance Addiction Problem". Variety. Retrieved
December 18, 2017.
ESPN keeps hemorrhaging subscribers". NYPost.com. May 30, 2017.
Retrieved December 24, 2017.
^ Maese, Rick (December 18, 2017). "
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 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 boss says eSports are not
"real sports"". VG247.
^ Reahard, Jef (September 8, 2014). "
ESPN boss: E-sports aren't
^ Tassi, Paul (September 7, 2014). "
ESPN Boss Declares eSports 'Not A
^ Gera, Emily (October 1, 2014). "Does eSports need
ESPN before the
mainstream accepts it?". Polygon.
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