Skipper joins Perform just five months after exiting ESPN in shame
John Skipper, the former president of US sports broadcaster ESPN, has been named executive chairman of Perform, the international sports data and media company.
The announcement comes just five months after Skipper (pictured) said that he was leaving ESPN following a long battle with a substance addiction. Perform said that he will oversee all of Perform Group’s operations and strategy from New York, and will report to Perform’s board. It made no mention of Skipper's substance addiction.
Simon Denyer, Perform’s chief executive and founder, will continue in his role in London.
Commenting on his appointment, Skipper said: "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.
"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 added: “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.
"DAZN is revolutionizing how fans watch their favourite 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."
Perform’s portfolio of products includes DAZN, the OTT sports streaming service available in Canada, Japan and German-speaking Europe, Opta, the soccer-focused statistics platform, and production services.
Skipper joined ESPN in 1997 as senior vice-president and general manager of its publication, ESPN the Magazine.
In 2005, he was promoted to the role of executive vice-president of content and seven years later he replaced George Bodenheimer as president of the broadcaster.
Announcing his departure from ESPN in December last year, Skipper said: “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.
“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign… I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down.”