When you're Erin Andrews, you have more than a few options, and that includes outside of ESPN.
That's why when it was announced Andrews would be leaving ESPN for Fox Sports, it shouldn't have come as a big surprise.
Andrews, after all, is 34-years-old now. She had been with ESPN since 2004. At some point, there was going to come a time when Andrews would find herself at a crossroads: deal with the restraints placed upon her at ESPN or seek complete freedom. She has apparently found complete freedom to do what she wants at Fox Sports.
It's not that she had it bad at ESPN, of course. She was a host of the popular show College GameDay, and also covered college basketball, Major League Baseball and the College World Series. She was well-respected at the network, and whatever limitations she had, they weren't egregious.
But this is Erin Andrews we're talking about, who has developed into one of the most identifiable personalities in sports. In the end, she decided to take a role as host of a 30-minute primetime college football show on Fox Sports (airs Sept. 1 before Fox Sports' coverage of Hawaii at USC). Andrews will also cover MLB and the NFL for Fox Sports.
Andrews said, via SI.com:
This was a difficult move but it was the right move because it's allowing me to do so many things that I probably would not have been able to do had I stayed at ESPN. It's a different way to expand my role. I'm not tired yet. I don't want to hang it up. I just need to get better and these were different opportunities that I would not be able to find anywhere but at Fox Sports.
Andrews mentioned covering the NFL had "always been a dream" for her.
Fox has significantly ramped up its college football coverage in the past 12 months. The network signed a 12-year agreement with the Pac-12 (guaranteed a minimum of eight regular-season football games on Fox Sports). Fox also entered a 13-year agreement with the Big 12, with exclusive cable rights to 40 college football games each season. The network hopes to compete with ESPN's primetime coverage.
Landing Andrews was a win for Fox, but the interest appears mutual. Andrews has the ability to boost Fox Sports and catapult her career even further in the process.
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