“You can’t think anything is a must-have, or you’re dead in negotiations.”

Really interesting profile on ESPN. The whole piece is worth a read.

The head of ESPN on how to value something:

“I have a very simple rule of how you establish value. It’s whatever anyone will pay for it.”

Great bootstrapped quote. Also, really loved this quote about Bill Simmons:

“I was going to do it whether I was at ESPN or not,” Simmons says. He told Skipper, “I want to do this with you guys. If you guys don’t want to do this, I’m not going to be upset, but I’m going to do it somewhere.”

Stop asking permission.