ESPN is working to replace its former head of basketball operations, and a search is underway to find a new CEO, sources told ESPN.
Sources told ESPN that Bob Ley, who served as ESPN’s vice president of basketball and college basketball operations from 2001 to 2005, will step down at the end of the month.
The source requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Ley was the second person to step down as head of the college basketball business at ESPN after former chief business officer Chris Sheridan resigned earlier this year.
Sources familiar with the search told ESPN the search for a new leader will focus on the business side of the company.
Ley’s departure follows the resignation of ESPN president John Skipper earlier this month.
ESPN is currently ranked No. 7 in the world in the Nielsen sports ratings.ESPN’s basketball business is responsible for producing and distributing basketball games and also plays an important role in producing and marketing the college game.
A source told ESPN Ley’s role was part of a broader effort to improve the business.
ESPN had been searching for a person to replace Skipper, who left the company in June.
The search for the new CEO is expected to take months.
Sources also told ESPN there were several candidates in the running for the job.
Among them are Scott Satterfield, a former executive at ESPN, and Joe Lunardi, the CEO of the basketball operations department at the NCAA.
It was unclear how the search process will play out.