Dan Le Batard starts media company with former ESPN executive after leaving network

Chris Cwik
·2 min read

Dan Le Batard won’t be out of work for long. Less than a month after leaving ESPN, Le Batard announced Tuesday that he’s starting a new media company with former ESPN executive John Skipper.

The company — called Meadowlark Media — will “emphasize a creator-centric point of view, partnering with industry-leading storytellers on a variety of content projects with an initial focus on sports,” according to a news release.

Le Batard will launch the company with Skipper, who previously served as the president of ESPN. Skipper left ESPN in 2017 to receive treatment for substance abuse issues. He later revealed he left the company as part of a cocaine extortion plot. Less than a year later, Skipper joined DAZN as an executive chairman.

Meadowlark Media did not announce any upcoming shows or projects. It promised to announce additional information in the coming weeks and months.

Dan Le Batard left ESPN in January

After many years with the company, Le Batard left ESPN in January. The move was deemed a mutual decision by Le Batard and the company. Le Batard reportedly asked to be let out of his contract with ESPN after one of his producers, Chris Cote, was laid off by the company. Le Batard rehired Cote in November and agreed to pay his salary after Cote was let go by ESPN.

Le Batard continued to do his radio show “Highly Questionable” until Jan. 4. He left ESPN after that, and told his fans they would hear from him soon.

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