Dan Le Batard and former ESPN president to start liberal sports media network

by Peter Heck · Jan 13th, 2021 11:07 am

Last Updated Jan 15th, 2021 at 7:41 am

Left-wing sportscasters, former ESPN president John Skipper and host Dan Le Batard, are reportedly preparing to launch a politically progressive sports media network in the near future.

Following the success of Clay Travis and his right-leaning Outkick organization, Skipper and Le Batard believe there is a market on the left as well. The two are rumored to be in talks with former ESPN alums and progressive activists Jemele Hill, Bomani Jones, and Kate Fagan.

Hill, a progressive firebrand, particularly on issues of race, acknowledged having been in talks with the two men.

"We're trying to figure out the most productive way to work together," Hill said in an interview. "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."

Hill was suspended from ESPN in 2017 after making unsubstantiated accusations that President Trump was "a white supremacist." She left the network shortly thereafter and formed her own media platform that includes a column in The Atlantic.

Le Batard, who never shied away from sharing his political leanings while with ESPN, recently referred to his potential rival Travis as a "s----stain" for hosting Trump on his radio program.

Travis responded confidently to the prospect of across-the-aisle competition.

No name has yet been chosen for the new media company, but insiders say the progressive duo are looking to build and market a wide breadth of content including TV, radio, film, and documentary.


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