Dan Le Batard and John Skipper announced their plan to create a politically progressive sports media company, featuring progressive sports voices, and it seems their plan is to bring some former ESPN colleagues along for the ride.
Potential contributors could include Jemele Hill, Bomani Jones and Kate Fagan, according to Front Office Sport. The new venture was described by sources to FOS as “the strategic opposite of Clay Travis’ Outkick“.
Hill, known for expressing her political beliefs, confirmed she’s had early discussions with Skipper.
“We’re trying to figure out the most productive way to work together,” she told Front Office Sports. “Both John and Dan know I have such a deep level of respect for them. So me working with them again always felt like it was inevitable.”
The report also notes that Skipper wants to hire someone he trusts from his six-year stint as the president of ESPN to serve as a content creator. Possible executives include three longtime colleagues: Erik Rydholm, who executive produced several TV projects including the simulcast of Le Batard’s radio show, PTI, High Noon, and Highly Questionable at ESPN; Connor Schell, the former content chief who recently resigned to form his own production company; and DAZN executive vice president of content Jamie Horowitz, who launched DAZN’s 40 Days documentary franchise after creating SportsNation and First Take for ESPN.
Travis responded to the news of Le Batard and Skipper’s new plans by tweeting that he welcomes anyone who wants to start their own media business. He also stated he believes this will just make Outkick even more successful because it pushes the rest of the sports media industry even farther left.