George Bodenheimer (born May 6, 1958) is the former president of ESPN Inc. and of ABC's sports division, known since 2006 as ESPN on ABC. He was president of ESPN since November 19, 1998 and of the former ABC Sports since March 3, 2003.

The Sports Business Journal named Bodenheimer the most influential person of 2008 on a list of 50 people.[1]

As of January 1, 2012, Bodenheimer was the executive chairman of ESPN, with John Skipper replacing him as president.[2] On December 18, 2017, he became acting chairman of ESPN after Skipper announced his resignation.[3]


  1. ^ "The 50 Most Influential List 1-10". Sports Business Daily. 14 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lexington native to head ESPN". Winston-Salem Journal. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-11-25. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2017-12-18). "ESPN Chief John Skipper Steps Down, Citing Substance Addiction Problem". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 

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