Jul 2, 2012

So…we’ve come full-circle.

Erin Andrews has been hired by Fox Sports, ending an 8-year stint with ESPN. Andrews had previously started her career as a freelance writer for Fox Sports in 2000. Erin, who has been dubbed ‘Erin Pageviews’ due to hordes of male fans and their willingness to visit websites featuring her, spent her last year at ESPN hosting the first hour of ESPN’s “College GameDay” program on ESPNU, and reporting from the sidelines at various ESPN/ABC telecasts. With Fox, Andrews will become the host of the network’s new half-hour prime time college football show, while also contributing to the network’s NFL and MLB coverage. Andrews’ college football show will be the lead-in for Fox’s first regular-season over-the-air college football package. Their football coverage, and Andrews’ show will premier September 1st.

“Opportunities to add someone of Erin Andrews’ caliber don’t come along often and we’re thrilled to welcome her back to the FOX Sports family,” said Eric Shanks, executive producer, co-president and COO, FOX Sports Media Group. “Erin is one of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television and we expect her to have an immediate impact. In addition to having her anchor our new college football show and studio coverage, we expect her to be a big contributor to our MLB and NFL coverage as well as other major events.” (via Fox Sports)

For Andrews, the move is bittersweet, but the opportunity was too great to overlook,

“To have the chance to not only host the primetime college football pregame show, but cover the NFL, MLB and various other incredible FOX Sports properties is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,”

While terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed, one has to assume that Andrews had the ability to demand quite a pretty penny considering her status in the sports broadcasting world, and in mainstream entertainment. She appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in 2010, and she has also served as a reporter on ABC’s Good Morning, America, on occasion. As for whether or not Andrews will look to branch out from sports in her role with Fox, she’s currently looking to focus on sports, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility,

“nothing has been decided with Fox News. We haven’t gotten that far. We wanted to deal with sports first. There are other opportunities we’re looking at entertainment-wise. I’m not going to lie, afterGMA and Dancing, I’m excited to try other things.” (via Detroit Free Press)

ESPN will work quickly to find a replacement for Andrews, as they’ve recently lost two of their more popular personalities (Andrews and Michele Beadle — who left for NBC) in the last month.

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