The long-term, multiplatform agreements with major rightsholders (all through at least 2021) and distributors include:
- Major League Baseball, the College Football Playoff, NBA, ACC, Big 12, US Open tennis, Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls, WNBA.
- ESPN and the SEC announced a 20-year agreement to create and operate the ESPN SEC Network and digital platforms, while extending the existing media rights agreement through 2034.
- In 2016, ESPN and the ACC announced a 20-year agreement to launch the ACC Network, across linear and digital platforms. ESPN’s rights agreement with the ACC was extended until 2036.
- Agreements across all major nationwide distributors, both traditional – Altice USA (formerly Cablevision and Suddenlink), AT&T and DIRECTV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber, Mediacom, Midcontinent Communications, NCTC, NRTC, NTTC, Spectrum (formerly Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks), Verizon FiOS TV – and digital (Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DIRECTV NOW and Hulu).
Skipper holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University, respectively. He joined ESPN in 1997 and had served as executive vice president, content, prior to being named president.