Erin Andrews

Sports Media Weekly No. 109- Jim Williams, Washington Examiner & The Bleacher Report

We are back with another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire program this week by Jim Williams.  Jim works as the sports media and business reporter for Washington Examiner and is also a columnist at the Bleacher Report.

We start the show talking about the move last week by Erin Andrews to leave ESPN to join Fox.  We all agree that it would have been difficult for Erin to explore her varied interests by staying with the World Wide Leader.

We then shift to the Olympics and NBC’s unveiling last week of its roster of announcers for the Games.

With baseball at it’s mid-season mark we touch upon a report by the NY Times’ Richard Sandomir that Major League Baseball should have much to gain when it opens up its next round of TV rights negotiations.  NBC is expected to be a big player for baseball, something the network has not been for quite some time.

We wrap-up the show by talking about ESPN’s coverage of Wimbledon and the call by the NFL to shift the Sunday late double header game from a 4:15 to a 4:25p.m. ET kickoff…


Andrews Leaves ESPN for Fox

Word came out on Friday that Erin Andrews would not be re-signing with ESPN and was exploring options at Fox Sports.

Late this afternoon that speculation became confirmed.  Andrews is taking her talents to Fox Sports.

Here is the entire press release from Fox:


Hosts New Prime Time College Football Pregame Show, Contributes to NFL and MLB on FOX Coverage & Other Marquee Events

New York & Los Angeles – College football on FOX just became must-watch TV this fall as the popular Erin Andrews, one of sports television’s brightest stars, rejoins the FOX Sports family.  A versatile broadcaster whose talent bridges sports and entertainment, Andrews’ position includes hosting the new prime time college football pregame show, making significant contributions to the network’s NFL and MLB coverage, along with other marquee sports properties.  The announcement of Andrews’ multi-year agreement was made today by Executive Producer, Co-President & COO, FOX Sports Media Group, Eric Shanks.

“Opportunities to add someone of Erin Andrews’ caliber don’t come along often and we’re thrilled to welcome her back to the FOX Sports family,” said Shanks.  “Erin is one of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television and we expect her to have an immediate impact.  In addition to having her anchor our new college football show and studio coverage, we expect her to be a big contributor to our MLB and NFL coverage as well as other major events.”

“To have the chance to not only host the primetime college football pregame show, but cover the NFL, MLB and various other incredible FOX Sports properties is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Andrews.  “I couldn’t be more excited to get to work.”

FOX Sports’ new 30-minute college football pregame show, which originates live each week from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, leads into FOX Sports’ first-ever regular-season over-the-air college football package.  The network’s coverage kicks-off onSaturday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET) as Hawaii visits USC, live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Andrews, one of the most-followed sports television personalities on Twitter with over 1.3 million followers, returns to FOX Sports after spending eight years at ESPN.  Most recently, she hosted the first hour of ESPN’s College GameDay on ESPNU and was a features reporter for the full three-hour program, a role she held since the 2010 season.  Andrews also served as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games.

Prior to ESPN, Andrews worked for Turner Sports from 2002 to 2004 as a studio host and reporter.  She covered college football (reporter) and the Atlanta Braves (studio host) for TBS and the Atlanta Thrashers (studio host) and Atlanta Hawks (reporter) for Turner Sports South.  From 2001 to 2002, she worked for the Sunshine Network as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter.  She got her start as a sports reporter at FOX Sports Florida in 2000.

Andrews is also known for appearing on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars. Andrews, who was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was one of three contestants to make it to the finals, where they placed third.

Andrews, a native of Lewiston, Maine, graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications. She was a member of the Gators’ basketball dance team from 1997 to 2000.

In addition to broadcasting 13 consecutive weeks of regular-season action, including 12 prime time games and seven doubleheaders, FOX Sports boasts exclusive coverage of college football’s Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game on Friday, Nov. 30 (8:00 PM ET) followed by the Big Ten Conference Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 (8:00 PM ET).  FOX Sports wraps up its 2012-13 campaign with an exciting Big 12/SEC match-up in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic live from Cowboys Stadium on Friday, Jan. 4 (8:00 PM ET).

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #37- Dan Hoard, Pawtucket Red Sox

Sports Media Weekly We are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

On this 37th episode Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk about the media reaction to the World Cup just underway in South Africa.  Specifically we attack those in the media who criticize the sport of soccer for its lack of scoring and think we ALL should join in the revolt.

Also on the agenda, the saving of the Big 12 Conference thanks to an agreement reached between the conference and ESPN,  how ESPN and NBC may fair telecasting this week’s U.S. Open in prime time, and we react to the news from a few weeks ago on the sale of The Big Lead to Fantasy Sports Ventures.

Our guest this week is Dan Hoard, play-by-play voice for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  Dan talks about his career, which also currently includes serving as voice of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and men’s basketball as well as his new upcoming job as television voice of pre-season games for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In our discussion we ask Dan about his work in minor league baseball, his two successful blogs, and one post in particular that became popular involving the story of a PawSox player leaving tickets for ESPN’s Erin Andrews.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #35- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch

Sports Media Weekly We’re back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

On this week’s show we talk about what it will mean for the media to have Super Bowl XLVII held in New York.  Specifically we look at how fortuitous it may be for Fox to be the network slated to telecast that game.

Other topics on the agenda…critiques on the work done thus far by ESPN and TNT in covering the NBA conference finals…we look at how ESPN is pulling out all the stops in preparation for next month’s World Cup…and the three of us speculate on the future for Erin Andrews, whose contract with ESPN is up in the near future.

The naked truth

I suppose I’m somehow duty-bound to write something about the unfortunate Erin Andrews situation, though so many people have written so much since the story broke that I could take up a lengthy entry just by linking to them. Meanwhile, we’ll wait for real news on the matter when an investigation uncovers the individual or individuals who so grossly violated her privacy with the peeping video.

Now, if you want to blame the Internet for what happened to Andrews, blame it only in regard to the delivery system. The technology enabled the video to appear all over instantly. In pre-Internet days, photos might have shown up in some magazine, limiting their distribution and their impact.

Some want to argue bloggers, commenters and others who have drooled over Andrews on the Web made her more of a target, but women with a degree of celebrity are susceptible, regardless of how many times they are mentioned in blogs. And if you hold to the idea of society “objectifying” women, it has been going on long before there were blogs or before anyone had even heard that word.

Go back to Marilyn Monroe’s nude photo in Playboy in the 1950s — from pictures taken before she was a star but not distributed until someone could take greater advantage of them. The same for the photos that cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America crown. More recently — with the Internet up and running — a former lover’s naked photos of talk host Dr. Laura Schlessinger surfaced embarrassingly.

If you want to blame anyone working a keyboard, then blame those who passed along the Andrews video. That’s far beyond the pale from most bloggers, never mind the frat-boy outlook they present.