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Skipper joins bid for Cup in '18 or '22

December 1, 2009
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- ESPN's John Skipper has joined the board of U.S. organizers hoping to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022.

Skipper is the network's executive vice president for content. He has been among the biggest proponents of expanding soccer broadcasting in the United States.

ESPN and ABC, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., will broadcast next year's World Cup and own rights to the 2014 tournament.

England and Spain are seen as the leading contenders to host in 2018. The United States is viewed as a top candidate for 2022. FIFA's executive committee will vote in December 2010.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press