John Skipper, who abruptly resigned as president of ESPN back in December, just landed a job as executive chairman of the U.K.-based sports media company Perform Group, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Skipper cited substance addiction in his letter of resignation from ESPN, as we reported in December.
“According to a Tuesday morning announcement, Skipper will oversee all of Perform Group’s strategy and operations, which include a streaming sports service and websites like Goal.com and SportingNews.com,” THR reports.
Skipper was clearly looking ahead in today’s announcement, saluting Perform Group founder and CEO Simon Denyer.
“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 stated. “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.”
Denyer called Skipper “one of the most significant leaders in the history of our industry.”