Erin Andrews, Fox Sports Agree to Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2016

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03:  Sportscaster and television host Erin Andrews leaves the courthouse on March 3, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
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Fox Sports and star sideline reporter Erin Andrews reached an agreement on a new multiyear contract extension that includes reduced duties moving forward. 

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that Andrews will no longer work on the outlet's baseball coverage. He also passed along comments from Fox Sports president of production John Entz, who confirmed her sole focus will be the NFL:

We are thrilled that Erin will continue as our lead sideline reporter on the NFL on FOX's 'A-Team' including our upcoming coverage of Super Bowl LI. We appreciate Erin's great contributions to our MLB coverage. With her commitments beyond Fox Sports, we fully support Erin's decision to focus her role here at FOX on the NFL.

Andrews joined Fox Sports from ESPN in 2012. She originally took on a wide-ranging role with the outlet, reporting on the NFL, college football, baseball and NASCAR while also helping launch Fox Sports 1, Fox's effort to challenge ESPN with a 24-hour sports network.

She's since branched out into other projects, though. In 2014, she joined ABC's Dancing with the Stars as a co-host alongside Tom Bergeron. The show completes two seasons per year, with the fall edition often overlapping with her NFL work for Fox.

The 38-year-old Maine native and University of Florida product also hosted the 2016 CMT Music Awards with Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

As her role outside of the world of sports has increased, her involvement with Fox Sports has faded. She remains the network's top NFL sideline reporter, however, typically working with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman each Sunday.

In March, she was awarded $55 million in damages in relation to a leaked stalker video posted on the internet in 2009. She stated during the trial the incident caused "serious mental injury," including depression, and she thanked those who supported her during the process, per Reuters.

"I've been honored by all the support from victims around the world," Andrews said in a tweet (via Reuters). "Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone's safety, security and privacy."

Looking ahead, Tom Verducci is expected to take over her main baseball assignments, highlighted by the World Series, opposite Ken Rosenthal, according to the Sports Illustrated report. Buck and former MLB pitcher John Smoltz are the network's lead announcing team.

Andrews is in for another busy fall with the NFL regular season kicking off with the first full slate of games on Sunday, Sept. 11, and Dancing with the Stars returning Monday, Sept. 12.


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