ESPN Needs a Shakeup: New Candidates for President Emerge

With ESPN still reeling from the sudden departure of former president John Skipper, two candidates emerged as likely suitors for the new position. Programming boss Connor Schell and distribution chief Justin Connolly are rumored to be strong potentials for leading ESPN.

Whoever inherits ESPN will have a lot on their plate. Since the advent of social media news, flagship programs like SportsCenter have struggled to lure viewers. Likewise, other competition like BleacherReport and The Ringer have emerged to steal plenty of sports news traffic. ESPN’s new president will have their hands full figuring out how to remain the number one source for sports news.

On that front, one thing ESPN has going for it is its live events. During his tenure, Skipper did a great job making these live events accessible via the WatchESPN app. The list of subscriptions that authenticate with the app even include streaming services, like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue. Continuing that accessibility will make a huge difference in ESPN viewership.

Changes in leadership offer opportunities for new ideas, so hopefully the new president of ESPN will make streaming sports even easier and the news content more engaging.

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Tyler Abbott

Being a lifelong Lakers fan living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Tyler is passionate about how to watch sports from any location. He also loves watching popular HBO shows like Game of Thrones.
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