Fox Sports fired Jamie Horowitz as President of National Networks in June 2017 after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Horowitz denied the allegations, but still lost his job.
Following his exit, Horowitz adopted a low profile, but that changed yesterday when Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal reported that DAZN Executive Chairman John Skipper had been utilizing Horowitz as a consultant in the OTT streaming service’s negotiations with Major League Baseball.
Horowitz last night at a thank you dinner for MLB sponsors talked with Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks for the first time since he was fired from Fox last year. Sources said the reception btw the two was warm. https://t.co/lz6tCmHFoU
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) November 15, 2018
Horowitz has yet to publicly address his side of the sexual misconduct accusations at Fox, but is apparently working with former rival John Skipper, who was considered a champion of women during his time overseeing ESPN. Horowitz launched FS1 by aggressively pursuing ESPN personalities and taking shots at the worldwide leader in sports. The battle between the two brands drew instant media attention, including public responses from both men. However, Skipper and Horowitz do have history together, previously working on the same side at ESPN.
Deadspin‘s Laura Wagner tried to find out what the nature of Horowitz’s relationship with DAZN will be going forward but came up empty. She reached out to Skipper directly, but the request for comment was pushed to DAZN’s PR department, whose answer focused more on the new deal reached with Major League Baseball. Her call to Fox Sports was met with a no-comment. Later in the day she received a letter from Horowitz’s attorney threatening legal action over any future defamatory allegations.
At this time, all we know is that Jamie Horowitz was a part of DAZN’s negotiations with Major League Baseball. What we don’t know is what capacity he’s served or if his relationship with the company will continue.