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Dan Le Batard and John Skipper Launching Media Company

Dan Le Batard and John Skipper are teaming up to launch a media company, according to multiple reports. Le Batard recently left ESPN. Skipper was the former president of ESPN, where the two had a close relationship, and in the past couple years has run the streaming platform DAZN. The news was first reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, who says that Skipper will “take the lead” in finding a new platform for Le Batard’s radio show.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Skipper will remain as executive chair at DAZN, but that former Disney executive Kevin Mayer might pick up some of his workload. Ourand mentioned SiriusXM and iHeartRadio as potential landing spots for the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. The Miami Herald mentioned SiriusXM and Spotify. Since leaving ESPN this past week, the show has been running as a pirate podcast on Apple and Spotify without a traditional host platform.

“Then the duo will look to hire reporters and editors that initially will focus on sports,” Sports Business Journal reports. “Their belief is that Skipper’s editorial background is well-suited to grow this type of company.”

To address an elephant in the room: Earlier this week, Le Batard called OutKick founder Clay Travis a “shit stain”. Clay responded to the insult with a video on Periscope, and Le Batard responded to the response by making a t-shirt about it. Given that they are both entrepreneurs who are unrestrained from continued escalation, who knows how many rounds this fight could go.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Clay probably needs to stop addressing anything Dan LeBatard. The back and forth is now only providing publicity to the new venture. Don’t be surprised LeBatard dials things up a notch to get even more publicity.

  2. John Skipper? We’ve seen how that goes. He was for censoring before it became a standard on the Left.
    Le Batard’s show and social justice schtick is tedious at best. Stugotz is more talented and should do his own thing. Clay- No reason to grovel in the mud with the likes of Le Batard. He’s an Olbermann in training. A seriously far left, victimhood-searching, goof. On his own show, with nothing to hold him back, he’ll be utterly deranged. Even more so than much of our sports media these days- which is saying a lot.

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