(REUTERS) – Walt Disney Co’s John Skipper resigned yesterday as president of ESPN, the company’s most important network, due to a problem with addiction.“I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,” Skipper, who was also Disney Media Networks co-chairman,” said in a statement. “I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.”George Bodenheimer will be the sports network’s acting chairman for the next 90 days, ESPN said in a statement. He had been its president from 1998 to 2011 and executive chairman until May 2014.An ESPN spokeswoman declined to comment on who may be considered as Skipper’s successor.Skipper’s departure comes within a few days after Disney struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion.Skipper, who became ESPN president in 2012, has led the network to a series of long-term distribution agreements with major rights holders, including the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.But ESPN has also struggled with subscriber losses and ratings declines. Last month, it said it would lay off about 150 employees.Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger, who extended his stay at the company through 2021 to oversee integration of Fox’s businesses, lauded Skipper’s candour and backed his decision.Disney shares were down 0.2 percent at $111.09 yesterday afternoon.
Share Submit Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles GambleAware has called for the continued development of education programmes to increase awareness of problem gambling after new research showed 46% of those with gambling disorder have not accessed treatment or support.The charity’s ‘Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis’ report, carried out by a group of researchers including the National Centre for Social Research, also found that 27% of gamblers had not accessed treatment and support due to ‘perceived stigma or shame’.Women were found to be three times more likely than men to cite practical barriers such as cost, location or time as a reason for not accessing problem gambling treatment.The research also highlighted that despite young adults and those from BAME communities often exhibiting lower levels of gambling activity, those that do gamble were more likely to be classified as problem gamblers, and were also more likely to access treatment in the last 12 months.Commenting on the research, GambleAware Chief Executive Marc Etches said: “This research has shown that there is a clear need to further strengthen and improve the existing treatment and support on offer, to develop routes into treatment and to reduce barriers to accessing help. Services have to be flexible to meet the needs of individuals and easy to access.“This research shows how the need for support and the way it is accessed may vary according to gender and demographic factors such as ethnic group, location or whether a person has additional health needs.“Meeting the needs highlighted in this report will require partnerships between the statutory and voluntary sectors, both those services specific to gambling treatment and other health and support provisions. Working with those with lived experiences is essential in designing and promoting access to services, as well as helping to prevent relapse.“It is important to engage community institutions including faith groups, to help make more people aware of the options available to them and ensure no one feels excluded from services.”17% of gamblers were reported to be hesitant in identifying their gambling behaviours as harmful and 20% reported that they had experienced gambling harms themselves, while 7% identified as an ‘affected other’.According to GambleAware, many of those taking part ‘felt there was a lack of treatment and support for affected family members specifically, and not enough signposting to available services’.GambleAware’s research referenced a population ‘level survey’ undertaken by YouGov, and independently assessed by Professor Patrick Sturgis. YouGov data showed that 54-61% of the population had gambled in the last 12 months, with 2.7% of the population scoring a Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) score of 8+.In his assessment, Sturgis concluded the true level of gambling harm prevalence lies closer to the Combined Health Survey result of 0.7% of the population, rather than the 2.7% of the YouGov population survey.Sturgis commented: “In order to identify gaps in gambling treatment and support services in Great Britain, researchers need to understand the size and characteristics of the group who experience gambling harms. The 2016 Combined Health Surveys used probability sampling and respondent self-completion during face-to-face interviewing, whereas the YouGov survey used a non-probability sample and online self-completion.“These differences in sampling and mode of interview are likely to be driving the difference in the estimates of gambling harm between the two surveys. It is impossible to say with certainty which of the two surveys comes closest to the true level of gambling harm in the general population.“However, after studying and comparing the two survey designs at length, it seems likely that the true rate of gambling harm lies somewhere between the two, though it is probably closer to the Combined Health Surveys estimate of 0.7% than to the YouGov estimate of 2.7%”Dr Sokratis Dinos, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research, commented: “A recurrent theme across this programme of studies was related to a lack of awareness of, or hesitation to accept, that gambling behaviour may be harmful. Gambling harms can have a negative impact on the perception of oneself often owing to the associated ‘stigma’.“Continuing to develop education programmes and public messaging about the way gambling disorder is perceived, and the development of peer-based, as well as tailored treatment and support services for groups less likely to access those provisions, would help to address this and, in turn, contribute towards reducing barriers to seeking treatment and support.”
Hector Herald scored 12 points and pulled down five rebounds and Anthony Stover chipped in with seven points and five rebounds. The Wildcats (28-2) will travel Saturday to play Crenshaw in the second round. “This place was packed in a small town and they had the whole place rooting for them and our young kids really stepped up – especially Matt Raya,” Cook said. Jessica Horton scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Rio Hondo Prep, but the Kares lost, 54-33, to Mission Prep on Thursday. Rio Hondo Prep coach Joe Parker said 10 of his players are on his softball team as well and they had to forfeit the Kares’ softball game in the Duarte Tournament today. “We lost Josh and Yader Combs in the third quarter and I am not sure if they’ll be ready on Saturday,” coach Sid Cooke said. Justin Cook scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Renaissance. “We were already playing softball, so this is kind of a relief,” Parker said. Marianna Gamez scored eight points for the Kares, Meagan Sands had six and Kristian Llamas scored five points for Rio Hondo Prep. From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sophomore Matt Raya’s two free throws with 22 seconds to play sealed a first-round 61-58 road victory for Renaissance Academy over Emmanuel Reedley of Fresno Thursday in the CIF State Division V boys basketball playoffs. The Wildcats were led by Josh Thomas, who scored 18 points, but suffered a third-quarter injury that may have ended his season.