Erin Andrews to Replace Pam Oliver on Fox’s NFL Team

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Erin Andrews will be replacing Pam Oliver as the NFL sideline reporter for Fox’s No. 1 team.

For her 20th season as a sideline reporter for Fox, Oliver will be part of the No. 2 team. After this season, she will discontinue reporting on the sidelines to work on other pieces and productions for Fox Sports as part of a multi-year contract, as well as continue her role on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports.”

Oliver told Sports Illustrated that the news was “a little shocking,” expressing her love for the job and her reluctance to change. However, she also stated that Andrews, a younger reporter, would be more ideal for the target demographic.

“But I live in the real world and I know that television tends to get younger and where women are concerned,” Oliver said. “Just turn on your TV. It’s everywhere. And I’m not saying these younger girls don’t deserve a chance. I know I’ve had my turn.”

Oliver learned of the decision in a meeting with executives from Fox in April. She had initially been told that she would be taken off the sidelines immediately, but talked the executives into a 20th year as the reporter for the No. 2 team.

Andrews, who is pictured here, joined Fox from ESPN in 2012.

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  1. Darrin says:

    That is really bad thing for Fox to do to Pam Oliver, first Erin Andrews replaces the co-host on Dancing with the Stars(I stopped watching). Now she’s replacing Pam Oliver on Fox, guess what I’m muting her. She is not all that. She has an annoying voice, just because she tall, blond and younger does not make her better. I had respect for Pam, I think so did the players. We have cheerleaders at the games already we don’t need another on the sidelines. Just because she sleeps with an athlete doesn’t make her any smarter about sports. I think there is some age discrimination at work here, it should work both for men and women. I think Fox should be made aware that people are not happy with their decision.

  2. SMH says:

    Not a good move by Fox. A lot of viewers will hit the mute button or change the channel rather than listen to Andrews. By the way, everyone is not overwhelmed by her appearance. CBS or anything else will be watched whenever the Fox idea of what a woman should be appears.

  3. Conrad Weis says:

    Finally got rid of DSL oliver. Great news! Now Erin can show us a REAL piece of woman in the downtime! Love the move!!!

  4. Sometimes being blond and thin is just not enough to make the grade an A says:

    Erin Andrews and her horribly nasal voice are reasons to make sure the TV MUTE and channel change buttons function perfectly. There is something very annoying about the woman and her entire presentation, and I prefer NOT to endure her whining. Pam Oliver is a “mainstay” on Fox NFL game days. She certainly deserved better treatment and judging from the vast majority of comments about the changes being made by Fox, viewers are unhappy about the situation. Change is inevitable, but the way things are handled can make a huge difference in acceptance. All the best to Pam Oliver, and thanks for 20 years of great work.

  5. Chloe says:

    They were going to sack her immediately? Twenty years of loyalty and that was Fox’s initial idea for Pam? Pathetic.

  6. Darby Davies says:

    If there was any one that deserves a football along side the head it’s her. Fox is turning football into a joke at lest Pam seamed half way qualified, this is a definite downgrade.

  7. Jackie says:

    Erin Andrews sets women in broadcasting back 50 years. She’s not very good at her job yet she keeps getting all these big opportunities in arenas where she’s previously been rumored to have slept with someone.

  8. Pam says:

    So with you Steve on the idea of putting Pam in the studio after next season. The fact that they were gonna yank her immediately is sad. She’s a veteran and frankly, seems ageless. Honestly couldn’t tell you how old she is. She has gravitas that Andrews has yet to gain and may never.

  9. Steve says:

    I definitely don’t like the idea of Pam being pushed aside. I hate to break it to Fox and anyone else but there’s nothing much to Erin Andrews.

    f Sage Steele can co-host the NBA playoffs and championship, why not put a woman, i.e. Pam Oliver, at the table with Terry, Michael, Howie and Jimmy/Dan, Boomer, Shannon and Bill? Let’s be honest: there ain’t all that much going on, on the sidelines.

  10. srvwp2013 says:

    Talk about pandering. . . .! This is yet another prime example of the all-pervasive influence of the NFL in undermining America. We love our women and we love Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver and believe that each should have their opportunities in life. BUT Fox (and the NFL in collusion) is SO using Erin Andrews that it is like a throwback, not only to uniforms, but to pin-ups in the Locker Room. With rape, harassment, beatings of wives and girlfriends in the NCAA and NFL, (and worse), the sports and the broadcast industries have not advanced any further than Neanderthal Man.

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