As first speculated late Friday night by Sports Illustrated, longtime ESPN personality Erin Andrews is now on the Fox Sports payroll.
SI’s Richard Deitsch, who reported Friday night that Andrews, whose contract with ESPN had mere hours remaining, was being “aggresively pursued” by Fox. Adding fuel to the rumor was the Worldwide Leader at around the same time all but confirming Andrews and the network have parted ways, with a day remaining on a contract she signed two years ago. Andrews first joined ESPN in 2004, where she became known as the most popular college football personality on the network – so it makes sense that she joins Fox, which has beefed up its college football coverage of late.
And as Deitsch points out, it will be a homecoming for Andrews, as she got her start in sports broadcasting at FSN Florida for four years starting in 2000.
Andrews’ work with Fox Sports’ college football unit will be hosting a half-hour college football studio show (it’ll probably be called “College Football Night In America”) which will air in prime time and precede a college football game. Fox has scheduled a dozen college football contests over thirteen weeks (with the exception of a World Series game on October 27) to air in primetime on Saturday nights starting September 1.
In addition, Andrews will assist with Fox’s NFL and MLB coverage, perhaps as a sideline reporter, a role that ESPN viewers have been accustomed to seeing her in for most of her eight-year tenure there.
Fox will make an official introductory announcement on Monday.
Andrews is the latest in a long line of ESPN personalities to join Fox Sports. Other notables include Harold Reynolds, Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Eric Karros and Keith Olbermann.