Liz Mullen: ESPN: ESPN President John Skipper announcing he’s resigning, citing a substance addiction problem. Former ESPN President & Exec Chair George Bodenheimer will serve as Acting Chair of the company for the next 90 days
ESPN announced the hire of Paul Pierce as an NBA studio analyst on Thursday. Pierce, a 10-time All-Star who retired in July after 19 seasons in the NBA, will make regular appearances on NBA Countdown and The Jump. He had contributed to ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Finals the last two seasons. “I love hoops, my whole life has been about the game, so this feels like a natural evolution in my career and I can’t wait for the season to get started,” Pierce said in a statement issued by ESPN.
Tim Cato: The Mavericks and ESPN jointly announce this in regards to the site’s coverage. The following statements were released today by the Mavericks and ESPN regarding NBA coverage. Statement from Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban: We are appreciative that ESPN will now commit to Mavs fans and all NBA fans with links to local and team provided coverage of every NBA game. This will assure all NBA fans that they will find team specific game reporting for every game of their favorite teams on ESPN. I am very appreciative for all the support, help and consideration that John Skipper of ESPN and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver provided towards this agreement.”
Statement from ESPN President John Skipper: There have been several conversations relative to the concerns Mark has raised. Mark and I both agree that content written by individuals on site is much better. To be clear: ESPN has never contemplated automated reporting for our NBA coverage. We remain committed to first-person reporting on the NBA. As we did last year, we plan to continue to be present at most Dallas Mavericks home games. When we are not in the building, our game recaps going forward will continue to utilize AP first-person reports. In all cases, in order for fans to be able to access more game coverage of their favorite team, we will now link to team sites, such as Mavs.com, in our game recaps. I appreciate the role Commissioner Silver played in reaching this resolution.”