Ex-ESPN chief would not fault firm over Bishop Sycamore saga: ‘You’ll be able to’t know all the pieces’
Former ESPN president John Skipper mentioned Wednesday he didn’t precisely fault his former firm for being duped into permitting Bishop Sycamore to be featured on its community.
Skipper, now the pinnacle of Meadowlark Media, advised his flagship podcast “Dan Le Batard Present with Stugotz” the sure highschool showcase video games may fall down the hierarchy on the firm.
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“Really, I feel this occurs simply due to the amount of video games they placed on at ESPN,” Skipper mentioned. “There’s a hierarchy of what individuals take note of. This recreation falls fairly far down within the hierarchy, falls far sufficient down that they let another person do the sport and produce the sport for them, and any individual didn’t listen.”
He in contrast the state of affairs to the CEO of Walmart realizing what’s taking place at a retailer in Arkansas.
“That is like anticipating the Walmart CEO to know that some canine has s—t in aisle 13 of the Fayetteville, Ark., retailer. You’ll be able to’t know all the pieces,” Skipper mentioned.
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ESPN used the sports activities advertising agency Paragon Advertising Group to schedule the sport between Bishop Sycamore and IMG Academy for the GEICO ESPN Excessive Faculty Soccer Kickoff.
“We remorse that this occurred and have mentioned it with Paragon, which secured the matchup and handles the vast majority of our highschool occasion scheduling,” ESPN mentioned in a press release. “They’ve assured us that they’ll take steps to forestall this type of state of affairs from taking place transferring ahead.”
Rashid Ghazi, the president of Paragon, advised Terrible Asserting he needs he would’ve accomplished extra analysis into Bishop Sycamore earlier than the sport and mentioned the group was unaware the crew had additionally performed on Friday night time.
In response to Terrible Asserting, ESPN mentioned it voiced its considerations about Bishop Sycamore when it couldn’t discover any details about the college. Bishop Sycamore reportedly bailed on a convention name and supplied a reality sheet earlier than Sunday’s recreation claiming a few of its gamers have been recruited by Division I faculties – however none of them had been.
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Since then, a number of faculties have dropped out of video games with Bishop Sycamore, the pinnacle soccer coach has been fired and the Ohio governor has known as for a Division of Schooling investigation.