Erin Andrews: Former ESPN Star and Gus Johnson Would Form Powerful Combo for Fox

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 20:  Sportscaster Erin Andrews arrives before the 2012 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas on June 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Imagine turning on the tube to watch a college football game and seeing Erin Andrews and Gus Johnson working the same broadcast.

Well, that may not be as far-fetched as it seems. 

After news that Andrews had left ESPN on Friday, SI.com reportedly learned that Fox Sports was making a move to sign the popular 34-year-old sportscaster.

Given the network already signed the electric Johnson last year as its lead game-caller for college football broadcasts, it sets up a potentially explosive combo that could see Fox Sports challenge ESPN.

Andrews, of course, had been working as one of the hosts for College GameDay on ESPN, in addition to her role in baseball and college basketball coverage. You only have to look at her Twitter following to know how big a draw she can be.

Johnson was a powerhouse when he worked for CBS covering March Madness and the NFL. His enjoyment of sports comes through organically in his game calling, which has made him a fan favorite throughout the years. Some of us can still remember some of his finest moments.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Beyond that, Fox Sports has ramped up its college football programming over the past year. The network not only reached a 12-year agreement with the Pac-12 (with a minimum of eight regular-season football games aired next season), it also reached a 13-year agreement with the Big 12 (exclusive cable rights to 40 football games each season).

It's a coup for Fox Sports if it lands Andrews. Andrews and Johnson alone are ratings-grabbers, and the signing of Andrews would make it hard to watch college football on any other network.

What's that saying again?

One network's loss is another network's gain.

 

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