Dan Le Batard, John Skipper Raise $12.6M In Funding For New Media Company

The media company founded by former ESPN president John Skipper and radio host Dan Le Batard has raised $12.6 million in a round of Series A funding, as relayed by The Hollywood Reporter.

Meadowlark Media says investors include DraftKings, Snap Inc. chairman Michael Lynton and DAZN, where Skipper most recently served as a chairman. Lynton is also the former head of Sony Pictures.

Actor/comedian Hank Azaria will be among those hired with the money, per The Hollywood Reporter. Azaria will host a podcast as Jim Brockmire, the fictional sportscaster created and portrayed by Azaria in IFC series.

“With the intense competition to retain audiences at established media and to attract customers to new streaming services, we and our investors see an exciting opportunity for Meadowlark to work with the industry’s best storytellers to add the highest quality sports-focused original programming to their existing entertainment offerings,” Skipper said a statement.

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Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.