50 Most Influential: No. 2 — John Skipper
ESPNCHANGE FROM 2013: +1
For Skipper and ESPN, it was another year of big deals (the NBA and MLS), top quality productions (the World Cup) and new technology initiatives (the digital center launch in Bristol). With his trademark Southern drawl, Skipper displays a public charm and wit, while gaining a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking executives in sports during his three years at the helm of ESPN, as evidenced by his strategy of aggregating rights for over-the-top services.
Media reporter John Ourand and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss John Skipper's position at No. 2 on our list as well as the other media members represented among this year's Most Influential sports business executives.