Skip Desjardin

Board Member
Skip Desjardin is a television veteran who has spent well over a decade at Google, where he most recently was the Head of Sports for the company’s ground-breaking streaming video business – YouTube TV. Over the course of a career that spans more than 40 years in the media, Desjardin has changed the way we watch television. As an executive at ESPN in the 2000s, Desjardin launched the company’s first digital network, its interactive TV services and the first-ever video-on-demand agreement for a basic cable network in his role as VP of the company’s Video Products Group. Later, he was executive producer of the Walt Disney Company’s first sponsored webisodes, for which he won three Telly Awards and was a 2008 Webby Award honoree. In the 1990s he pioneered the transactional video business as VP, Pay-Per-View for the World Wrestling Federation in the heyday of WrestleMania. Prior to that, he helped launch the country’s very first regional sports network, located in the Baltimore-Washington market. Desjardin is also an author. His book “September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series,” was an Amazon bestseller, named the best non-fiction book of 2018 at the New England Book Festival and the top baseball book of 2018 by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). A native of Maine – where he began his career in local radio, as a newspaper reporter, and a sports anchor for the local ABC affiliate – Desjardin holds two degrees from the University of Notre Dame and now lives in Connecticut.