"I'm the latest knucklehead to think soccer's going to work in the United States. Fortunately, though I'm a knucklehead, I'm a knucklehead at ESPN. And I think if we get ESPN behind soccer in this
country, it is almost impossible for me to believe that we can't move this forward."
-- John Skipper
, then ESPN's vice president of content, speaking at the 2006 MLS All-Star Game
after ESPN signed its first rights deal with MLS. Skipper, a champion of soccer, stepped down as ESPN president on Monday, citing a long-term problem with substance addiction. (Soccer America, Aug. 31, 2006