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Erin Andrews: I Did Everything ESPN Would Allow Me To

“I just knew if I was going to have a shot at the NFL, it was going to be at FOX.”

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These days, FOX NFL sideline reporter Erin Andrews is famous for covering the NFL, a job she has done since 2014. Before FOX, Andrews was at ESPN from 2004-2012 covering college football among other sports. However, she had always wanted to get a shot at the NFL. 

On the latest episode of the Just Getting Started with Rich Eisen podcast, Andrews discussed with Eisen why she decided to make the tough decision to leave ESPN for a new challenge in her career at FOX.

 “It was time. I probably called you [Eisen], I called a lot of people about it. I felt like I had done everything I was going to be allowed to do there,” she said. “I wanted to really be a part of the NFL. I had done 3-4 championship games, I had done College Gameday. I just knew if I was going to have a shot at the NFL, it was going to be at FOX.”

Andrews has had some memorable first moments in her career. Her first college football game as a sideline reporter for ESPN was in 2004 when Virginia Tech played #1 USC, a game in which ESPN took the viewer behind the scenes.

Even though Andrews felt she wasn’t ready for it, she appreciated that ESPN threw her into the proverbial deep end of the pool for her first broadcast. 

Another memorable first for her was when she worked the Seahawks sideline for their playoff game against Washington in January 2013 when Robert Griffin III tore his ACL and LCL. 

Of course, on this podcast, Erin Andrews talked about her famous interview with Richard Sherman after the 2013 NFC Championship Game, an interview in which she is very critical of herself. She said the FOX crew knew about the bad blood Sherman and Michael Crabtree had, but she still hates the question that she ended up asking Sherman.

“My face is holy s***, this is the biggest thing I have ever seen in a postgame interview. I know exactly where this is coming from between him and Crabtree. What is my next question going to be because everybody is watching this. This is going to go viral. At that point, I knew he was screaming ‘don’t you ever talk to me like that again!’ I knew he wasn’t talking about me, but I didn’t think people at home knew what was going on. I wish my face hadn’t looked like that. It wasn’t my best moment, but I thought it was awesome what happened with him.” 

Erin Andrews did end up interviewing Sherman for FOX’s Super Bowl coverage that year and she brought up an idea that SNICKERS never used for a commercial to the Pro Bowl corner.

“I’m going to contact MARS candy and tell them you and I need a SNICKERS commercial and we are going to re-enact it and I’m going to give you a SNICKERS and it’s going to be fine. I did and they didn’t take it.” 

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National Press Club Slams Nexstar For LIV Golf Partnership

“We call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist.”

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Reactions were mixed Thursday after the rumored partnership between The CW network and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour was officially confirmed The National Press Club is very clear on where it sits on the matter.

In a statement, the National Press Club shared its displeasure with Nexstar, the nation’s largest television ownership group, and majority owner of The CW.

“We are deeply disappointed that a company that makes money from news like Nexstar would agree to participate in such a shameful PR stunt as LIV Golf, which is fundamentally designed to rehabilitate the Saudi reputation, tarnished irreparably by the state-ordered gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018,” said National Press Club President Jen Judson to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “We are left to wonder what, if anything, Nexstar stands for. You cannot have a brand in news and act this way.

“Saudi Arabia murdered a Washington Post journalist and cut him up with a bone saw. Riyadh wants to use golf to get Americans to forget about murder. We must not let them get away with it.”

Judson continued by saying “we call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist. We urge Nexstar to do the right thing and cancel their bloody golf show. And if they don’t drop the program here is what we can do: don’t watch it; and write each sponsor asking them not to sponsor.”

LIV Golf is scheduled to make its American television debut next month. The network will carry LIV’s competition at the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleón course in Mexico from February 24th-26th. The newly-struck television deal includes live coverage on The CW on weekends, with Friday event coverage streaming exclusively on The CW app and website.

Events held in 2022 by LIV Golf aired live on its website and YouTube after failing to find a suitor for its television rights. The organization attempted to strike deals with several different entities before being turned away. LIV Golf is financed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Critics have said the Saudi Arabian government is utilizing the fund and LIV Golf to “sportswash” its poor record on human rights.

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FOX Leading All Networks For College Basketball Coverage This Season

“According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.”

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While CBS and Turner will lead the way in viewership come March Madness in a couple months, FOX is the leader in the clubhouse for regular season viewership.

According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.

FOX had its best viewership for a conference matchup since 2017 last weekend when UCLA and Colorado squared off in a Pac-12 contest. The game, which went head-to-head against the Chargers/Jaguars NFL playoff game, drew in 1.98 million.

With ESPN losing out on Big Ten rights as part of the new media deal struck last year, FOX is optimistic in overtaking The Worldwide Leader for college hoops viewership moving forward.

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Bill Walton To Anchor Alternate Broadcast On NBA League Pass

“We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril.”

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Bill Walton is going to be the star of his own show on Monday night when the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers tip off.

Walton will be the focus of the first of several upcoming alternate broadcasts on NBA League Pass called Throw It Down with Bill Walton. Walton will be joined by Jason Benetti of FOX Sports for the maiden broadcast.

“We’ve got the NBA intergalactic platform,” Walton told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. We’ve got the world’s greatest basketball players. We’ve got the business. We’ve got the entertainment…I’m the luckiest guy in the world. We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril. You’ve been suitably warned. I’m fired up.”

Walton said having Benetti join him will be a real treat.

“He is a phenomenal conversationalist, quick-witted as can be and interesting, intriguing, inspirational, fun, all the things that I look for in life,” he said.

As for what fans can expect to see when they tune in to this special alternate broadcast of the game, Walton said it will be like nothing anyone’s experienced before.

“It will be like an incredible book. It will be a phenomenal concert,” he said. “It will be an extraordinary basketball game. It will represent everything that’s good in life, in sports, the NBA business, in the world.”

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