Erin Andrews Leaves ESPN, Likely to Take Her Game to Fox
ESPN wanted to keep the veteran sportscaster, but her contract is up, and she appears almost certain to move to Fox Sports.
Sportscaster Erin Andrews has left ESPN after eight years and appears almost certainly headed to a role at Fox Sports.
ESPN had said in the past that it wanted to keep Andrews, 34, whose two-year contract expires at the end of June. A source at the sports network owned by ABC/Disney told Sports Illustrated's website, which broke the story of her departure, that they had made her a very “aggressive offer.”
Instead on Friday, an ESPN source confirmed she was leaving the network. Her agent would not comment on her plans.
A Fox Sports spokesman declined comment, but other sources with knowledge of Fox’s plans said Andrews appears very likely about to join their team. Fox is a division of Fox Broadcasting, which is part of News Corp.
Andrews most recently has been a host on the ESPN College Gameday preshow. She also has covered Major League Baseball, the College World Series and college basketball and football. Andrews also has been a contributor to ABC’s Good Morning America.
Fox, on its main network and through regional networks, has grown rapidly and continues to add to its portfolio of sports. It carries the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and numerous college sports.
Andrews is a native of Lewiston, Maine, but moved to Tampa, Fla., as a child when her father, a TV investigative reporter, relocated the family. She was a cheerleader in high school.
She attended the University of Florida, where she was on the dance team.
In 2000, the same year she graduated college, Andrews began working on a freelance basis for Fox Sports Florida. At various times she covered the Atlanta Hawks for Turner Sports, the Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Sunshine Network.
She started at ESPN in 2004 as a reporter on ESPN National Hockey Night and soon began working as a sideline reporter for college football games, as well as covering other sports.
Andrews also has built her profile with appearances on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. She appeared on Dancing With the Stars in the 2010 season and placed third out of 11 contestants.
In 2008, Andrews was the subject of a stalker who looked at her through peepholes in her hotel rooms in Nashville and Milwaukee. The man was arrested and sentenced to 30 months in prison. He is due to be released next month.
After that, Andrews sued the hotels and worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., to push for a federal anti-stalking law.
In 2011, Andrews signed an endorsement deal with Reebok. However, a few weeks earlier she had criticized Nike on the air when some players slipped wearing its shoes. As a result, ESPN changed its policy, and Andrews had to give up the endorsement.
Andrews also has been involved in charities, including Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger and the Girls Night Out initiative, which encourages women to attend sports events.