Erin Andrews became one of the most-popular sideline reporters on television thanks to a stint on “Dancing with the Stars” — and now, it appears as though she is stepping away from the parent company that owns both the hit reality show along with her employer in ESPN.
According to new reports, Andrews — whose primary focus of the past several years has been covering college football — has decided to leave her longtime network after they made what was described as a rather aggressive pitch to keep her around. Not having her comes as a big blow to the Disney family of networks, in particular since she had crossed over at times to do work for both “Good Morning America” and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Among the current favorites to land Andrews’ services is Fox Sports, who has an impressive portfolio of partners including the NFL, Major League Baseball, and NASCAR. It would potentially force her to move away a bit from the college game, but covering professional football is considered to be the apex when it comes to appearing in front of a wide audience. Remember, the Super Bowl is watched by more than 100 million people on an annual basis.
Andrews placed third on “Dancing with the Stars” back in 2010 with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and to this day she remains one of the pro’s most-notable and successful celebrity partners. Despite him being a part of the show in every season with two exceptions, he has never won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy at the end. This move probably does mean that she will not be a part of the upcoming “All-Stars” season of the show, but this was unlikely to begin with thanks to the fall being football season.
Do you think Andrews’ move is going to have any impact on either ESPN or wherever she ends up landing?