Erin Andrews' ESPN Contract: How the Worldwide Leader Can Keep Her Around
A recent tweet announcing the Erin Andrews departure from ESPN turned out to be a big fat fake, but that just means her departure isn't imminent. Andrews' long-term future with the network is currently in question as her contract is set to expire within weeks.
Network executives have publicly expressed their desire to re-sign Andrews, but with Michelle Beadle's contract expiring as well, they've probably got their hands full at the moment.
Contract negotiations with top-tier talent is probably stressful for all parties involved, so I've put together a few suggestions of that could help ESPN keep Andrews on board. Some are probably more feasible than others.
Put Her on SportsCenter
Did you even know that Erin Andrews isn't on SportsCenter? It seems almost impossible, yet somehow it's true.
That show runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on something like five different ESPN networks, and it's borderline criminal that Andrews isn't a regular on any of them.
Have a Building Named After Her at the University of Florida
Ms. Andrews is a University of Florida alum, and I've never met a Gator that isn't excessively enthusiastic about their Alma Mater.
Paying to have a building named after her would be a pretty awesome way to sweeten the pot.
Officially Promote Her to "National Treasure"
Honestly, I'm not sure how feasible this promotion is, but if anyone at ESPN qualifies as a national treasure, it's Erin Andrews.
A simple change in title probably wouldn't be enough to keep her at the network, but it could help as long as it's paired with a sizable raise. Which brings us to...
Offer Her a Ton of Money
This is pretty self-explanatory. Erin Andrews is far-and-away the most beloved personality at ESPN, and she should be paid as such.
ESPN is owned by The Walt Disney Company, which means money isn't in short supply in Bristol. The executives there need to figure out what they think is an acceptable raise offer and then double it. Boom.
Actively Work to Prevent Pervs from Creeping on Her
We all know this beautiful girl has had her share of public embarrassments. First there was the infamous peephole incident in 2009 when some skeev secretly taped in her hotel room and posted the video online.
Then in 2011, it was alleged that an ESPN executive fondled himself while sitting next to Andrews on an airplane. The executive filed a defamation lawsuit and denied the incident, but even if it's not true, she had her named dragged through another ugly incident.
Maybe she needs her own security detail to assure those in her presence behave like human beings.
Loosen the Endorsement Restrictions
In early 2011, Reebok signed Andrews to a lucrative endorsement deal with the company but within weeks of the deal it was announced that Andrews' first photo shoot for Reebok would be her last.
ESPN has strict rules for employees regarding sponsorship and endorsement deals, and apparently Andrews' deal with Reebok was in violation of said rules. What's the big deal fellas?
Give Her a Ton of Awesome Presents
I don't mean to stereotype here, but women like to be wooed. There's nothing that brings a bigger smile to my face than a beautifully wrapped present, the contents of which say "you are valued and appreciated more than you will ever know."
Obviously it doesn't physically say that in the box, but it's explicitly implied by the thought and money that was put into the gift(s) itself.
Give Her Her Own Show
Her very own show, not some seasonal college gig where she has to share the stage and the spotlight with another high-maintenance blonde—Kirk Herbstreit. This could be a sports-related show on one of the ESPN networks, which would be preferable.
Andrews has also done some work as a correspondent for Good Morning America on ABC, also owned by The Walt Disney Company. So maybe she'd prefer some type of development deal with ABC, which would allow her to explore interests outside the sports world.
Giving Andrews her own show could be ESPN's ace in the hole on this deal; let's hope they're smart enough to use it.