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ESPN President John Skipper is nearing a contract extension

ESPN President John Skipper is close to a contract extension that will keep him at the Walt Disney Co.-owned sports media giant through 2021, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Sports news website the Big Lead reported Tuesday that Skipper, 61, will have his current contract extended through 2021.

ESPN is not commenting on the report, but two people with knowledge of the discussions with Disney said Skipper is nearing a deal that will keep him on beyond 2018, when his current agreement was set to expire.

The extension would be a vote of confidence in Skipper’s leadership in ESPN, which in recent years has become a poster child for how the TV business has been upended by the growing number of viewers who are going without cable and satellite TV subscriptions.