Sean Bratches to Leave ESPN After 27 Years

A long journey comes to an end.

ESPN veteran Sean Bratches is leaving the company at the end of 2015. Bratches has been with the sports empire since 1988, when he joined as an account executive in affiliate marketing.

“We all have greatly appreciated—and benefited from—Sean’s energy, integrity and service to ESPN, our employees and our industry,” wrote ESPN president John Skipper, in a memo to staffers. “I personally have tremendous respect and admiration for what Sean has accomplished, and I am happy to report that he will serve the company in an advisory capacity through the end of the year.”

Bractches most recently served as executive VP, sales and marketing. He has held that role since 2005.