Skipper’s new goal is to make watching sports online a big business, starting in the U.S. with boxing.
The rumors of sports’ death have been greatly exaggerated, says former ESPN president John Skipper.
“I don’t think interest in sports has declined at all,” he said on the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka. “What you just have is a dramatic increase in the amount of content over all that’s available, the places you can watch it. And so consequently, the peaks of everything are smaller, right?
And Skipper is contributing to that content bounty in his new role as chairman of DAZN (pronounced like “da zone”), an online sports streaming service that launched in the U.S. in September. Already an established carrier of multiple sports in Japan, Germany and Italy, DAZN is focusing on boxing in the U.S. for now, with an eye on the rights to other sports that a currently locked up by companies like ESPN.
“Just in terms of buying the most popular live events in this country, those rights are tied up for a long time,” he said. “I do run into my own deals very often in this new job …