UPDATE:Erin Andrews signed a contract with FOX Sports after leaving ESPN, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
Andrews will host a new 30-minute primetime college football pregame show debuting September 1.
This is what Andrews told 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.”
She will also be part of FOX’s MLB and NFL coverage.
It sounds like the opportunity to do NFL work was a big reason for the move, as Andrews called it “a huge thing” that has “always been a dream.”
What Andrews’ exact role with baseball and pro football will be is unknown. Nor de we know if she’ll also do sideline work for college football to go along with the new primetime studio show.
Erin Andrews will no longer be working for the network that made her such a huge star.
Andrews is leaving ESPN, according to ESPN PR man Josh Krulewitz.
Krulewitz released a statement on Twitter (via The Big Lead):
Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter
There’s already speculation she will sign on with FOX Sports and have a “major role” with their college football coverage, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
FOX has been aggressively pursuing Andrews for a while now, per Deitsch’s sources.
FOX Sports is in need of on-air talent for its college football coverage after signing large deals to broadcast Pac-12 and Big 12 games over the next several years.
All of this comes amid recent speculation that no one was all that interested in hiring her.
Andrews’ contract with ESPN officially ran out June 30 after eight incredibly successful years at the network.
Her last on-air assignment was in March for the ACC college basketball tournament.
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