John Skipper

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John Skipper
Born John Skipper
Lexington, North Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill
Employer ESPN Inc.

John Skipper is an American businessman and is the president of ESPN Inc. and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks as of January 1, 2012.

In June 1997, Skipper became senior vice president and general manager of ESPN the Magazine. Since October 2005, he has served as executive vice president of content.

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]

John Skipper's disregard of eSports as a "real sport," referring to them as a "competition" instead, has been negatively noted by various websites.[2][3][4][5][6]

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  1. "Lexington native to head ESPN". Winston-Salem Journal. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-11-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Schwartz, Nick (2014-09-06). "ESPN's president says that eSports are not 'real sports,' and he's wrong". USA Today.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hillier, Brenna (2014-09-08). "ESPN boss says eSports are not "real sports"". VG247.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Reahard, Jef (2014-09-08). "ESPN boss: E-sports aren't sports". Engadget.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Tassi, Paul (2014-09-07). "ESPN Boss Declares eSports 'Not A Sport'". Forbes.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Gera, Emily (2014-10-01). "Does eSports need ESPN before the mainstream accepts it?". Polygon.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>