A day after leaving ESPN, move to rival network is announced
Just one day after officially leaving ESPN, Erin Andrews has moved over to Fox Sports.Andrews’ primary duty will be as host of Fox’s new 30-minute college football studio pregame show, which begins Sept. 1 prior to the net’s Hawaii-USC game from the Los Angeles Coliseum. The show, like the NFL Sunday pregame show, will originate from the Twentieth Century Fox studios in Century City. Fox has previously aired college football bowl games but will now be getting into regular season coverage with 13 consecutive weeks of telecasts, including 12 primetime games and seven doubleheaders. Net’s bowl coverage for the upcoming season consists of both the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games, as well as the Cotton Bowl. In addition, Andrews will contribute to Fox’s NFL and Major League Baseball coverage, as well as other unannounced events. Andrews spent eight years at ESPN, most recently on “College GameDay.” She was also promised to do more entertainment coverage on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” but that rarely happened. After her deal expired at ESPN Saturday, Fox announced the move in hopes it would draw viewers away from the cable sports behemoth. “Erin is one of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television and we expect her to have an immediate impact,” said Fox Sports Media Group co-president Eric Shanks. When a renewal at ESPN didn’t happen, a network spokesman said on Twitter: “She did great work for us and we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.” Andrews began her career as a reporter at Fox Sports in 2000 before shifting to Turner Sports in 2002. She reupped at ESPN two years ago.
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